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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

Poppies & Peonies


Art: Poppies & Peonies by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
I started this 2 years ago, procrastinated and finally finished it in 2009. I loved the challenge of working with basically two colors, the red family and green, and still maintain depths and contrasts, without being flat. 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 archival rag board.

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Detail Image for art Poppies & Peonies

Detail Image for art Poppies & Peonies

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