Not Watercolor

I treated myself to the BIG set of Prismacolor colored pencils – 150 colors! And some toned paper. Here is the result:

The Pile. Graphite and colored pencil by Kelli Hertzler
The Pile
Graphite and colored pencil on toned paper
Available.

This is graphite, colored pencil and white charcoal pencil on gray toned paper. I love working on a toned ground and pulling highlights out of it, pushing the shadows back. That’s something I can’t do with transparent watercolor. The brilliant color I was able to get with colored pencil was a happy surprise.

The subject is from a hike with my children the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Knowing that hunters were out and about on the public land we – without our blaze orange – explored the stream bed right along the road. These stately rocks were on the hill above.

Protected. Colored pencil on toned paper by Kelli Hertzler.
Protected
Colored pencil on toned paper. Available.

With 100 yards of the scene just described, this little hemlock is tucked in snugly between an oak and limestone boulders.

It’s amazing how many colors can be seen within gray rocks.

Both pieces are 11″ x 14″ matted, and are in 16″ x 20″ oak frames.

 

What I used:

 

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Sunlit Moss

I have been hard at work at two watercolors inspired by one location. It’s a lovely open forest with ground carpeted by ancient-looking moss. I was lucky enough to be there as the winter sun was rising and shining a spotlight onto the intensely green forest floor. I hope these help you experience that magical moment, too!

Misty Forest with a sunkissed carpet of moss.
Sunlight on Moss I
Watercolor
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KHertzler_Sunlight on Moss II
Sunlight on Moss II
Watercolor
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