10 September 2015
This time only a year ago, I had just opened my eyes for the first time to the extraordinary and vibrant world of colour pencil fine art. I was both overwhelmed and inspired by the styles and skills I witnessed. I also had just completed my biggest challenge ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ and was on cloud nine after incredible encouragement and subsequent publications in COLORED PENCIL Magazine, Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures II and later in the year, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network Calendar 2015.
It certainly was the reassurance I needed to continue working with coloured pencils. I know I’ve come so far and learned so much since then. It is a wonderful thing to receive encouragement in the way of likes and comments on the social media platform. Sometimes the world of an artist is a very isolating one and any positive feedback makes you feel as though the long lonely journey undertaken is the right one. Obviously some artworks receive more interest than others, giving a clear indication of the more popular style and subject.
Submitting your own art to magazines is a nerve-wracking thing. If your artwork is an accepted submission to a magazine gallery it is clear proof that your peers value your skills, style and subject choice.
Recently, I had the opportunity as an artist still relatively new to coloured pencils to approach Ann Kullberg, the creator of her magazine recently renamed ‘Color’. I spoke to Ann a couple of times before a more lengthy conversation which was an ‘interview’ for a new section for the magazine called ‘Spotlight’. I can say that Ann was very friendly, genuinely interested and had a great sense of humour. I was a bit nervous beforehand, I mean in the colour pencil world I regard Ann Kullberg to be the queen of colour pencils! She has done more than any other in teaching and promoting the fine art of colour pencil. But Ann put me to ease very quickly with her relaxed and down to earth manner. I also discovered that Ann has a very cheeky side. During our conversation I confessed that “I wish I could lock up the kids so I could draw all day”, then I read the completed article before going to print, I actually burst out laughing splurting my cup of tea everywhere when I saw my words quoted in black and white! I loved that Ann included this as it really does reflect my sense of humour but I do hope that no one takes it too seriously!
I am truly honoured to be part of Ann Kullberg’s incredible magazine. An accomplishment that seemed an impossible thing to reach only a year ago.
So when I say this, I’m also telling myself to keep striving, to keep creating, to keep drawing or painting or whatever it is that we love to do. If it is my dream to be an artist and whatever you dream, then only ourselves can make it a reality with hard work and determination. Not to be undeterred by knock backs or negativity that others and the world can throw at us. With every minute that we keep doing what we love, we are learning, growing, improving and a moment closer to making it come true.
For more information, past issues, subscriptions and tutorials please check out – www.annkullberg.com
I’ve also included the links for two artists Ester Roi and Uma Barry that I mentioned in the article. Also, the link for author Julie Toner. Please take a few minutes to check them out.