Studio News for March 2024

Studio News for March 2024

Are you ready for the studio news for March 2024? There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it.

Studio News for March 2024

Special News

The Dreaded Winter Cold

This is the first winter in several that I didn’t have a cold during the holidays. I thought I might get through the winter without catching cold, but by the end of the day March 6, I could feel the cold settling in.

As it turned out, it wasn’t the usual winter cold.

I had Influenza B. The flu symptoms were fairly short-term. I began feeling better after a week.

But I had extended symptoms including low energy levels for the rest of March. The truth is, I still find myself running down fairly early in the day.

That means that I’ve been focusing on the Must-Do stuff since March 6 (yes, I am still experiencing fatigue and other symptoms, though they are diminishing). Blog posts were written, newsletters published, and I finished the April issue of the magazine.

I also did a limited amount of drawing and finished the month with almost 17 hours total drawing time. The goal was 27 hours.

The Third Spring Storm Jelly Bean Class

As you may recall, the third Spring Storm Jelly Bean class was scheduled for March 9. Needless to say, it was necessary to postpone it until March 23. I didn’t want to postpone it again, so when the 23rd dawned, I prepared to do the class. God was gracious and provided not only the alertness and energy to do the class, but a great class, as well. This is was the best class of the three, in my opinion.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for these three classes. It was as much a learning experience for me as I hope it was for all of you!

CP Magic! News
CP Magic April 2024

The April issue is unique in a couple of ways.

First, it’s one of few issues that do not feature the interview and the tutorial by the same artist. There was a late cancellation, so I had to find an artist willing to do the interview portion.

God is good, though, and I was already working on an interview with Linda Metzger. She graciously agreed to provide images and information to fill the interview portion of the April issue. Thank you, Linda!

Canadian artist Kim Vlahovich provided a fun tutorial detailing how to use colored pencils to draw on stones. He even included information on how to make your own stones if you prefer a more uniform and predictable drawing surface. I haven’t tried it yet—too many other things to get caught up on—but it looks like a lot of fun.

Current Works in Progress

I finished a dog portrait early this month (before the dreaded Influenza B!). The dog is a Rat Terrier named JJ. JJ passed away last fall, so this is another posthumous portrait. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on white Pastelmat.

My husband delivered the portrait and reported that the client was so happy, he was nearly in tears. The text I received said it all.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great blessing!

Studio News for March 2024 JJ

I also worked on a small landscape on Charcoal Grey Pastelmat, and based on the reference photo I used for Spring Storm. It’s not finished, but it’s getting close.

It’s an okay composition, but I do believe the composition really needs that red barn!

I also worked on Pasture Patriarch. This one is an experiment. I’m using only Derwent Drawing colored pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes. The feel is different than almost any other pencil/paper combination I’ve used, but the drawing is beginning to come together. Proof that getting enough layers of color on the paper is really all you need to do!

Finally, I spent part of the last drawing day of the month doing sketches. One, which I drew outside, was nothing special. A tree from imagination.

The second sketch is shown below. It’s more than just a sketch; it’s a compositional experiment. I’ve sketched variations on this theme more than once over the years and wouldn’t be surprised if a full-fledged landscape drawing eventually takes shape. So far, they all have two things in common. A river winding through trees and vast distance. I like this version, with the tall bank on the left side.

But I’m now wondering what it would look like if I lowered the point of view…. Hmm. Time for more sketches, I think!

Looking to the Future

ACEO Group

It’s been quite a few weeks since we first started talking about doing ACEOs. I haven’t said much about it, but I have been thinking about it. At present, there are two main possibilities.

One possibility is an email group. With this idea, we can decide on a theme (if we want one) and share our progress on a monthly basis.

The other possibility is to do ZOOM gatherings once a month. If we do this, what I envision is all of us spending an hour to two together once a month, chatting and working on ACEOs as a live stream sort of thing. It wouldn’t have to be on ZOOM, but since I’m now familiar with that platform, that’s the platform that naturally comes to mind.

It won’t presently be possible to do both, so I would like your opinion on which you prefer. I have the idea that more people have access to email than to ZOOM, but I don’t want to assume anything. So let me know in the poll below.

That’s the Studio News for March 2024

I hope your month has gone more smoothly than mine!

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  1. Gail Jones

    Hi Carrie, I would say you did really well to draw at all when you were not feeling tip top. Love your pictures and hope each day brings more energy and an increased desire to do more of the things you enjoy.

  2. Francoise

    Hi Carrie,
    Can’t wait to see your Pasture Patriarch: the drawing looks extremely promising plus I love Derwent Drawing pencils and I’m glad someone is (at last) giving them their due!

    About the Jelly Bean class: I was part of the first one (although, of course, I couldn’t attend because I’m in a different time zone – sigh) and I got the link to the recording. You’re now saying that the third session was probably the best: could I get the link for that one too? Thanks.

    1. Francoise,

      I’m getting happier and happier with Pasture Patriarch, too. It definitely takes some time to get used to the feel of Derwent Drawing pencils, but I’m finding it’s worth the effort. I think my next step is color swatching, maybe on Pastelmat, just to see how they’re doing.

      The third class was the best one from my point of view. I was more relaxed and didn’t think I’d forgotten too many things. I’m not sure if the same video is available to all the classes or not. I’ll have to find out.

      1. Francoise

        Hi Carrie,
        Priscilla from the Ann Kullberg team sent me the link to the third class yesterday – I’m chuffed!
        I’m keeping these classes as a special treat. Can’t wait.

        1. I got notice from Priscilla that she made the third video available to students of all three classes, so thank you for asking me about it, Francoise. I learned something too! Enjoy the video.

          And remember if you have any questions about it, let me know.

  3. Carrie,
    I have to give praise here on your portrait of “JJ”. It’s priceless! Simply breathtaking.
    I can’ get over the lighting! You could teach a course on just how to achieve that technique on it’s own. It almost reminds me of the “old masters” style of portraiture and works perfectly for this beautiful little dog.
    “Pasture Patriarch” is looking great! It almost feels like it would feel like “suede” if you were to touch the drawing.
    Personally, I like the higher viewpoint of your sketch. It seems to enhance the flow of the winding river among the landscape.
    Looking forward to seeing what comes up regarding the ACEO cards also. They sound like a lot of fun!

    1. Kim,

      Thank you for your very kind words.

      I have to tell you that the reference photo wasn’t very good, taken indoors in incandescent light with a lot of yellows! I had to do a lot of adjusting, so I’m glad it turned out at all.

      The image of Pasture Patriarch is a bit harsh. The scanner distorts the colors a bit, so I took that photo with my phone. The drawing doesn’t look anywhere near that bold in real life.

      I agree with you on the point of view for the ACEO sketch. I haven’t yet done a landscape like that. But I will probably do a low-angle sketch too, just to see how it looks.

      Thank you again for your compliments. I’m honored to be compared to the Masters in anyway!

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