Welcome to 'Pencil Shavings!'

Hello and welcome to ‘Pencil Shavings’!  You may want to know a bit about me, so I’ll start with that. 

I live in a small town located in the Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina, When I say ‘small town’, I do mean small…. we have one stoplight.  But it is a quaint and friendly town with a lot to offer for its size.  People greet each other, there are holiday parades, and locally owned shops and restaurants as well as a couple of big-name grocery stores.  It is a great place to live, especially if one is an artist. 

 

My Mom was an artist and I enjoyed spending time in her studio watching her work.  She always got so excited about her projects and her enthusiasm was contagious.  She preferred working with oils, acrylics, and watercolor and tried her best to get me to share her love for those mediums, but I did not feel drawn to them.  For me, it took way too much time to get setup and clean up afterwards.  I was much more of a ‘get started immediately’ person.  Since I was young at the time, my interests leaned more to school and social activities, but I did enjoy sketching as it was more of a ‘sit and go’ medium….and it included an eraser.

In 2000, I came across a set of colored pencils and a ‘How to Draw with Colored Pencils” book by Walter Foster.  I gave it a try and I was hooked.  I studied that book from cover to cover and drew all of the exercises.  It was wonderful!  At that time, however, resources for learning about colored pencils were very limited and I became frustrated with not being able to achieve the realistic style that I desired.  So, after several years of colored pencil bliss, I put them aside and pursued other interests. Years later, I realized that I missed my beloved colored pencils.  I pulled them out of the closet and, after a couple of strokes, fell in love with them all over again.  I decided then to pursue colored pencil as a fine art medium.

Since that time, I sought out as much information as I could about colored pencils.  By then, the internet was more accessible and had tons of information as did social media.  The resources were available, and I taught myself as much as possible.  Even though I was working full-time and had a family, I made time to draw every day, even if only for a few minutes. Thankfully, I had a supportive husband who worked with me to make that happen.

Today, I am a full-time colored pencil artist.  I offer commissioned services (Specializing in pet portraits) as well as original artwork and prints.  I began teaching in person classes last year and discovered a deep love for sharing the joys of colored pencils as a fine art medium and I am working on tutorials that will soon be offered on-line. 

So, that’s all about me in a few paragraphs.  I would love to know more about you!  Please leave a comment and tell me about yourself.

Join me next week to meet my studio 'assistants.'  

Until then, keep those pencils moving….and draw your own path.