Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Summer of Color - Week One

I know this is soooo far behind y'all but I am furiously playing catch up before the year ends and I don't have much time!  This journal page is from my Summer of Color "Girls Series".  I chose to do faces for each of the six weeks of Summer of Color for some unknown reason.  But I'm glad I did.  It's given me a chance to practice and play and I have had a real blast!

"No water; no life. No blue; no green."
- Sylvia Earle

This week's color palette:
Blue + Blue + Green

Color Inspiration: Caran D'Ache Neocolor II in Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, & Malachite Green, Derwent Inktense Pencil in Iron Blue

About three months ago (yes, I know!), I sat down and sketched out all five of my remaining faces for Summer of Color.  Week Five I did on time and I had intended (we all know what that means) to complete Weeks One - Four in a timely manner.  I did mange Week Two in a relatively good time frame but the other three weeks have just sat in my portfolio waiting for me to find time for them.

This little lovely lady was one of those sketches and I just knew she was some sort of exotic ancient  Egyptian princess.  Don't know why, really, but I think it was the eyes.  They just looked like they ought to be lined with kohl.  Most people when they think of Egypt, they think of yellow sun and yellow sand.  The ancient Egyptians themselves used Reds, Yellows, and Blacks extensively in their art for those (and many other) very reasons.  But to me, when I think of ancient Egypt, I think of the vivid blues of Lapis Lazuli and malachite that they used in their jewelry and art instead.  Something cooling and nurturing rather than burning.  Water and Earth - the Nile and the crops.  What can I say?  I'm a fertility kind of thinker.  

The main supply I used was my lovely set of 40 Caran D'Arche Neocolor II's.  If you love mixed media and watery type media, I highly recommend these water soluble crayons.  They are so very vivid and yet can be very subtle.  I promise I'm not a walking ad, I just really love these crayons!  I also used my Derwent Inktense Pencils for the sharp lines around the eyes.  I added a few scibbles with my Stabilo All Pencil (what did I do before this thing??) and some paint splatters in black.

I know she's late, but better late than never, right?

I hope you have a great week and keep an eye out for my other lovelies coming soon!


  1. oooh she is darling! I chose to do faces as my own challenge to the Summer Of Color Challenge and had a blast!

    1. You're faces are so sweet Linda! I had to go check them out. It was fun doing all the prompts as a series, wasn't it!

  2. Love the colors, and you are a master at eyes.

    1. Thank you dear. I don't know about master but I'm working on it. You're too kind!

  3. She is very pretty and good for you completing the challenge on your own time!! Love the colours!!

    Hugs Giggles


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