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Art of the Day: Wednesday December 22, 2010

Mistletoe

- by Shelly Bedsaul

This week's theme: The Holiday Season

It is a big deal, this holiday season of Christmas. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, it is impossible to avoid. There are advertisements, decorations, parties, sales, holiday themed clothing, more advertisements, cards, more parties, gifts and a few more advertisements. Sometimes there is so much going on, we forget that we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves. The end is in sight - it's the last week of the Christmas frenzy. Whether you love the holiday season or avoid it; whether you observe Christmas or not, when this week draws to a close it is our wish that everyone finds there is peace within themselves and the warmth that sharing time with those we love can bring. After all, there is little else in life that matters.


Art: Mistletoe by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
A flirty winter spirit waiting to wield her mistletoe on unsuspecting romance. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom. The substrate is Crescent archival rag board.

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