Michigan Fine Arts Competition

Raindrops, Colored Pencil, Dee Overly

27th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition
1516 S. Cranbrook Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 644-0866
March 14 – April 11, 2008
Gallery Hours:
Mon-Thur 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Raindrops” made it into the competition this year. This is my miles piece for 2008 which means I enter it into as many shows as possible and try to get as many miles out of it as possible. This is it’s forth exhibit.

Rarely do I have a piece of artwork that I absolutely can not part with, and “Raindrops” may be one of those pieces. Everything just seemed to work correctly on this colored pencil piece. I used Primsacolor pencils on Stonehenge paper. There are several layers of color built and the finished piece is sprayed with a UV fixative.

Have a grand day!

Love to Scribble

Laura1,Ink Sketch,Dee Overly Happy Sunday everyone!!

We lost an hour last night. It’s that time of year here in Michigan to move all the clocks ahead one hour. A trick to make me believe I’m sleeping in too long.

The Saturday Life Drawing I decided to share today is with my beloved Micron pen. I love these pens with their thin clean lines. And I love to scribble with them, mostly in some fashion of a circular motion. For the darker areas, I just keep scribbling and build up the ink. I like the flow of my hand continuing to move along on the paper, just building and building.

There is a mindless freedom to this for me. It’s in contrast to the detailed colored pencil work I do. Even though both have a therapeutic effect on me, they work differently on my mind.

Since I only have ten or twenty minutes to scribble up a figure, there’s an urgency in racing the clock. Somehow the fast scribbling releases any tension and stress lodged in my mind from the activities of the week. They get washed away in the movements of the pen.

Have a grand day!

Small Works Show

Silhouette Sky #32,3.5x2.5

The Northville Art House
Small Works Show
215 W. Cady Street
Northville, MI 48167
March 7 -30, 2008
There are more “small works” exhibits popping up around our state. I love it! It opens up more juried opportunities for my Silhouette Sky pieces.
This piece is done on Bristle Board, which has a smoother surface than the Stonehedge paper I use sometimes. I can’t put down as many layers of colored pencil, so I use this when I know that I’m probably only going to need four or five. The smooth feel of this paper is a nice change. I enjoy the meditation of the process for these little pieces.
Thanks for stopping by and have a grand day!
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