Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Autumn Lake, Ray County--SOLD

"Autumn Lake, Ray County"
9" x 12"
watercolor pencil on archival paper

This is a hidden lake on a private holding in Ray County, Missouri. My friends and I had secured permission to explore, hike, sketch, and photograph, and we came across this beautiful spot. The leaves were gone, but the still water reflected a pristine sky and lakeside reeds glowed as if on fire!

I hope it finds a home with you...



I chose watercolor pencil for this, since I could sketch in those graceful bare limbs with my pencil point, then soften them with clear water to suggest the tiny twigs you barely see from a distance...

I varied the color a bit to give the impression of the different types of trees.

The clumps of reed were like soft down-filled pillows!  I know they had provided cover for waterfowl, frogs, and fish, spawning near the banks.

 I love the way watercolor pencil allows interesting, natural textures like those above, while making wonderful puddles that feel like washes...I lifted the light color trees with a small stiff brush, and then, when everything was dry, scratched through with a sharp point.

You can click on these images to see them larger...

Strathmore 400 CP watercolor paper has a good hard finish and works well with watercolor pencil, allowing you to lift and scrape without damaging the surface.

These are Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencils...soft, rich, and intensely pigmented.


This painting is offered unmatted and unframed to keep costs down. It will come to you carefully wrapped via Priority Mail, in the US. Insurance included in the shipping cost



This painting was originally done for by North Light book, Watercolor Pencil Magic, now out of print.  In order to meet the demand, I produced an expanded version of the book, Watercolor Pencil Workshop on CD, restoring one whole chapter that had to be edited from the book for space reasons; the CD is in PDF format, and has bonus reading.  We use this CD for my online classes!

The CD is $15.99 + shipping--you can find it here, if you like:


  1. Gorgeous effects from watercolour pencils! So soft.

    I've not tried the Albrecht Durer's, although I have splased out on a new set of Polychromos. (My mum bought me a set of 60 when I was 17 wanting them for High school art - I still have some of them today).

    Off to look at more of your great work here...



  2. The Durers are lovely, very intensely pigmented, but soft to use. I've not given the Polychromos a good try, Cindy, maybe I should!


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