Studio News for June 2024

Studio News for June 2024

Time for the studio news for June 2024. There are some special news items, so let’s get started.

Studio News for June 2024

Special News

Another Jelly Bean Class

Back by popular demand, I’ll be doing another Jelly Bean class on drawing dramatic landscapes. As before, the class is based on my drawing “Spring Storm”.

The date is July 27 at 1 pm Pacific time. The cost is $35 and as far as I know, there are still seats available, so reserve your spot here.

CP Magic! News

Phil Zubiatte III is the featured artist for July and he loves being creative. If you take nothing else from his feature article, I hope you see his joy for art. But there’s a lot more good information and encouragement in those pages, too.

His tutorial is a mix of realism, graphic design, and whimsey as he shows you how to draw a “colored pencil” candy bar.

Home Improvement

With the arrival of summer and weather suitable for painting, I’ve become a weekend painter of houses. My husband scrapes and sands during the week and each Saturday, I paint. Nothing fancy, just a basic white primer.

Despite the heat in June, we made decent progress without the paint bubbling or blistering. After painting one day when it was near 100F degrees, Neal told me the paint was designed not to be used if the temperature was 90 or above. That’s because the surface of the paint dries too quickly and the wet paint underneath blisters.

Fortunately, I apply paint the same way I apply colored pencil: in very light layers. The next time I went over, I checked that paint and it hadn’t blistered. Woo-hoo!

Studio News for June 2024

Current Works in Progress

June was a good month for drawing unless you count “serious” pieces. My goal for the month was 20 hours and I ended up with just short of 29 hours of drawing time. That’s thanks to the flag art, which I’ll tell you about in a moment, and ACEOs.

Special Projects

I spent the majority of drawing time in June on special projects. I finished a colorized American flag project first for the month. Since this was for an Independence Day celebration, it took priority over the pieces I was doing for myself.

Technically, I don’t consider this to be 100% colored pencil art, since I printed a light grayscale version of a photograph I took over Memorial Day weekend, and then colorized it with colored pencil. But I have to say that was a lot more difficult than I expected!

FLAG ART, 7 x 9 on Canson Mi-Teintes White

I also spent a lot of time drawing a simple cloud, which I documented into a full tutorial for publication later this month. That was a fun little project that I enjoyed doing.

ACEO Artwork

I didn’t work much on October in the Flint Hills, but more than made up for it with ACEOs. The last week of June, I found my stride with these and was able to do at least one Monday through Friday. Including the ones I’d drawn earlier in June, I ended up with eight for the month. Not too bad, considering I waited so long to get started!

JUNE ACEOs ~ 2-1/2 x 3-1/2, Stonehenge in various colors
Other Artwork

But I did work on one more serious piece: I took Pasture Patriarch out of the closet and worked on it in June. I did a tiny bit of work on the horse, but worked mostly on the background. Why? If I could create a decent background, I thought I could finish the piece.

What do you think? Did I succeed?

Studio News for June 2024
PASTURE PATRIARCH ~ 7 x 9 inches on Canson Mi-Teintes Tobacco

Looking to the Future

ACEO Group

You may remember that last month I bemoaned the fact that no one had signed up for the new ACEO group after all the discussion about it here on the blog.

As it turned out, that was a glitch somewhere in the software, because there were actually 40 or more people on that mailing list. As I write these words, there are now 224 artists interested in ACEOs.

What’s more, there are submissions for the monthly PDF gallery! How exciting is that?

Have you joined, yet? If not, it’s not too late. You can join the group by signing up here. It’s free and you’ll start out with a series of introductory emails describing ACEOs and few basic facts. Regular newsletters go out once a month, and each month, members are invited to send in their best ACEO for the monthly gallery.

That’s the Studio News for June 2024

That’s all the news that’s fit to print. It was a good month for art and all the related activities. I hope your June was also productive.

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  1. Francoise

    Hi Carrie,
    Lots of exciting news here!
    I love your ACEOs and I’m absolutely delighted you’re getting started on Pasture Patriarch again. The background looks great to me.
    Can’t wait for you to teach a Jelly Bean class on horses.

    1. Francoise,

      Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I’m fairly happy with Pasture Patriarch, too. In fact, if I could just get the background right, I think the drawing might be close to finished. But first, I need to figure out what I need to do to the background. Something’s not quite right, but I don’t know what!

  2. Gail Jones

    Well, you have been very busy! Hooray for getting that beautiful flag picture done, some ACEO’s and a gorgeous background for your horse as well as house painting. You are so productive! I am going to be working on house painting too in the next week or so. Our bathroom needs to be redone and we now have the paint. I have also been very busy with a pastel and ink project and only the one ACEO. However, I plan to do more ACEO’s as I can. Your one-color ACEO cards look amazing! Will the group be getting a suggestion for our next ones or are we on our own for theme or colors etc.? Anyway, best of luck on all your endeavors.

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