I recently entered the ACPN – Australian Coloured Pencils Network Online Exhibition 2014 with my landscape ‘Death of a Gum Tree’. The artworks that were to be my competition, wow incredible! Beautifully rendered, breathtaking pieces of coloured pencil art with a great variety of subjects. Of course it would be wonderful to win the art supplies that was to be the prize but of course I also needed to realistic.
Then I discovered with shock that I was announced the winner of the Just Pencils category! There was also a Mixed Media category and Peoples Choice award.
I was absolutely thrilled! To be awarded the winner by my peers made me feel both humbled and very proud. Working for hours and hours, more than I could count and then to be rewarded with such positive feedback, makes it all so worthwhile.
Once I finish off a couple of commissions that I’m currently working on, I will be on to my next project involving a pebbles and water combination. I can’t wait!
In the mail today I received my print copy of Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures II, in which my landscape ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ is featured. I’ve been waiting with much excitement and anticipation to be able to flick through the pages and look at all the incredible coloured pencil paintings. Although I’ve already viewed a digital copy of the book, for me it’s just not the same as being able to hold it in my hands.
Honestly the book is wonderful and the drawings inside… wow, absolutely amazing! To be featured amongst such talent is both an honour and inspiration. When I first entered my drawing for inclusion in Ann Kullberg’s CP Treasures in which 90 of the best coloured pencil masterpieces are showcased, I was not expecting my own work to be successful. And I also did not think twice about being included in Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures II (featuring 115 artworks which were not able to fit into CP Treasures), showcasing talented artworks by coloured pencil artists from all over the world.
To receive the email to inform me that I was successful in being included in Hidden Treasures II was quite a shock. I honestly felt that my drawing could not be good enough. Since ‘Death of a Gum Tree’ was only my second coloured drawing and my first landscape, I really knew nothing about the craft and skill of the colour pencil artist. When I drew the landscape, I worked the same as I would with graphite pencils and didn’t think too much about layering, burnishing, blending… So before I began I carefully matched the individual colours of each pencil with the colours in my reference photograph and then worked from the left to the right in very small sections as I usually do, going over what I had already completed. While I continued with the drawing I researched coloured pencil art, carefully studied the images created by the artists that I admired and realised there was so much more to just grabbing a coloured pencil and creating a masterpiece (not that I thought I could do that anyway!)
I’ve since learned so much and am continuing to do so. Although I still may not feel that my art is at the standard I want it to be (the problem with being a perfectionist), I am so thankful that others and those in the art world that I admire say otherwise. I suppose that the success that I’ve had in the last six months should be proof to myself that my artwork just may be good enough.
I now am aiming high for the future since that is the standard I’ve set for myself and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I absolutely love every minute that I draw and so I will continue to learn with every drawing, to have success and make mistakes, to be inspired and hopefully… inspire others to love the art they create!
Why ‘December Calendar Girl’ do you ask? Because my artwork is featured in the month of December in the Australian Coloured Pencils Calendar 2015, that’s why!
The Australian Coloured Pencils Network Calendar 2015 is now available to purchase on REDBUBBLE. Of course I’m so very excited and still in a state of shock and disbelief. What an incredible and dreamlike month or so I’ve had. More than I dreamed could be!