Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coloured Pencil



For the last couple of weeks I have been practising   with coloured pencils. I really  like the feel of them, but you do need infinite patience with all the layering you have to do compared to using paint. I got the original image for this on the internet, Wet Canvas I think, which was the watering can, box and the flower pots inside the box, I added a couple of flower pots and the foreground and background flowers from my own references and imagination.Looking at it again, I have decided it needs a spider in a spiders web, maybe strung from the spout to one of the pots. I will have to use Goauche or Acrylic for this as the background is too dark to add a web with pencil.


I have another coloured pencil work nearly finished, based on this photo from the Ballycotton 10 road race this year.I will post it in the next week or so.

September 5th sees the opening an exhibition   of paintings  by  a group of artists  from my classes at INA McCARTHY for FLOWERS, Midleton Co Cork. This is their first exhibition and over 20 artists are involved,  everyone has a style of their own, so if you are anywhere near the area it’s worth a look.


  1. Hello Phil,

    Well this just shows what is possible using coloured pencils. Fantastic drawing.
    I can't wait to see the drawing of the runners.
    Great stuff!


  2. Great Work. the detail is incredible.

  3. Lovely picture Phil, you could try using an Inktense white watercolour pencil for the cobweb. Grate a some in a small pot and add very little water, mix until dissolved and apply with a paintbrush. Sometimes it works but if it doesn't you can always go over with gouache or acrylic.

  4. Lovely drawing. I particularly like the shine on the watering can.

  5. Gorgeous colored pencil work Phil =) Love all the colors and shades

  6. Very nice, Phil. A spider in a web would be a nice touch, but it is quite nice as is.


  7. Great work Phil, I like what you did with the background.

  8. My OH My! You make those pencils sing! Incredibly beautiful work.

  9. I think colored pencil is your medium, great work! Curious to see how it will look like after you add the spider's web.