Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Alpha Pair - Wolves - Finished

Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair
Hi All,

Well.... I finally finished it and it's in time to enter it in Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition. Yayyyyyy!!!

This piece is done with 100% Colored Pencil on Pastelmat Card, it's 16" x 20" and the title is, "Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair". 

It was created from a photo I took while observing a pack of wolves, while in Montana. I really enjoyed watching the interaction amongst wolves and especially the Alpha Pair. The interesting thing is the male is the one who is cowering down to the female. I took several photos of the pack so I hope to do some more of them in the near future.

If you have any comments or questions don't hesitate to speak up.

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP06 - Wolves

Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair
Hello All,

Here's my next update. I got the black wolf done but I can see some tweaks I need to do. I'm now going to move over to the male wolf's body.

I absolutely have to get this done by the end of the month, this is one of my entries for the Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition. It sure seems as if I've gotten a ton of interruptions this past couple of months but I think I can really dedicate  some time this month to finish it.

I think I can.... I think I can.... I think I can.... LOL!

This piece is done with 100% colored pencil on pastelmat card and is 20" x 16". It's done from a photo I took while in Montana in January of 2018. If you have any questions or comments let me know.

Don't for get to keep scribbling! Gemma


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Workshop Books on Amazon

Hello Everyone,

Good news... 4 of my workshop books are now available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook. For those of you who don't have a kindle you can still view it with a Kindle App on your devices. You can just search for Gemma Gylling, on Amazon and you will see the books that are now available. I also have them available, as softcover book, on my website, the projects that require suede mat board will have a piece of suede mat board included, go to My Website.

Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!
Gemma




Sunday, February 17, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP05 - Wolves

Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair


Hello All,

Here's the next update to my Alpha Pair drawing. It's going slow, because I have been soooo busy. Hopefully after this week I can spend a lot more time on it.

This piece is done with Colored Pencils on white, Clairefontaine Pastelmat and it's 20" x 16". It's created from a photo that I took while in Montana at Triple D Wildlife. This is just a portion of the entire piece, the composition when finished will look like the reference photo crop. An image of the reference photo is below.

This pair of wolves were the alpha pair of a pack of wolves I was photographing. I was so interested in the interaction between the two... it was so much fun watching them and photographing them.

I did decide on a title, I'm going to call it "Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair". If you should have any questions or comments please let me know.

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!
Gemma







Saturday, February 9, 2019

New SOAR Workshop coming up!



Good News! I'm going to be teaching a workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA, June 29-30, 2019. 

Come join us! 
Go to this link for more info: 

https://annkullberg.com/pages/soar

Friday, February 1, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP04 - Wolves

Alpha Pair
Hello All,

Here is the next update on the piece I'm working on. This piece is done from a photo I took in January 2018 at Triple D Wildlife in Kalispell, Montana. It was such a thrill to be able to photograph the animals in the snow.

This piece is "20 x 16", it's 100% colored pencil, on Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card (white).

At this time I don't have a title but I am considering several, here's a list of what I've thought of:

Trust Your Instincts - The Alpha Pair
Call of the Wild - The Alpha Pair
Power of Instincts - The Alpha Pair
Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair 
Power of Leadership - The Alpha Pair



Reference Photo
As you can see I want the words The Alpha Pair in the title because I just seem to like that or at least away to tell the viewer that these two are in fact an alpha pair. When photographing them I was actually taking photos of a pack of wolves but I was so interested in the interaction of this pair, I took a lot of photos of just them. If you want, you can help me to decide on which title to choose or if you have another suggestion let me know.

The second image is the reference photo and it's the full composition of the piece, the update is only a portion of the full piece.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP03

Hello again, here is the last two updates for now. See original post, Alpha Pair - WIP01, for reference photo and details. 
Keep Scribbling, Gemma

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP 02





Hello Again,

Here is the next three updates to the Alpha Pair of Wolves, I'm still trying to come up with a good title.

This piece is being done on Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card, it's 100% colored pencil and the size is 20" x 16".

Any questions or comments are welcome.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma






Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP 01

 Hello Everyone!

Well, well, well.... it's been forever since I posted here. There really isn't any excuse but I just thought I would mention, I was having a big problem with my website. I had to redesign it and it took two times, redesigning before I finally decided to change hosts and go for complete new software to do it. Then I had to start all over again and there was a huge learning curve. So.... between that, joining the SOAR with Ann, program, teaching workshops and lots more, I just haven't been here. So sorry!

I'll try to catch up on some of my comings and goings but for now I thought I would show you my newest piece I'm working on.

The top image is the photo I'm working from. I took this photo while in Montana at Triple D, in the snow, last January. While I was there I was taking a photography workshop with Kathleen Reeder (at kathleenreader.com), I highly recommend her workshops she's the one who I went with for another photography workshop to Africa. I'll try to post some images, later, that I took while there. That's another whole new story I have to get caught up on.

This pair of wolves were the alpha pair of a pack of wolves I was photographing. I was so interested in the interaction between the two... it was so much fun watching them and photographing them.

The next image is where I started, creating the snow in the background. As you can see, I decided to take my creative license to leave out and add a bit here and there that I thought would enhance the overall composition.

Then I started working on the female wolf, she is the black wolf. As you can see, I have just posted the progress as I continue along so there is not much to say about it. 

One thing I would like to mention is that it is difficult to capture the artwork the way it really is at this point because there is so much contrast between the dark wolf and the white paper, but the images will improve as I get more of the surrounding area in.

I'll be creating a few more posts because I have actually got 11 total progress shots. 

This piece is done with 100% colored pencil on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card and it's 20" x 16".

If you have any comments or questions let me know.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma









Monday, July 31, 2017

CPSA Best of Show and Cippy Award


Hello All,

Well, I just got home from the Colored Pencil Society of America's 25th Annual Exhibition and was blown away to find out that my artwork, "BFFs - Save the Elephants" was awarded the Best of Show and Cippy award.

This award has fulfilled a long-time dream and sought-after goal of mine.  While on the stage and receiving the award, I went numb, started crying and just kept thinking...please... just point me in the direction I am supposed to go.  Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled!!!

The one thing I would like to say to all of you is to, keep trying, keep your goals in mind and keep working at it.

Don't forget to keep scribbling!!
Gemma

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Elephants Work in Progress 5

BFF's - Save the Elephants

Hi All,

Well, this is a long time coming!  I have been working on this piece for a long long time.  When I first started this piece we had some family health issues so it kept getting delayed.  During the time of this creation, my sister passed away, my mother was moved to a Memory Care Center and has recently passed away herself.

This piece will always remind me of my Mother and my Sister.  I will always feel as if the two matriarchs of our family, Dorothy (my mom) and Pam (my sister) are represented in this piece.

This was done on Suede Mat Board, it's 16" x 24", it's 100% colored pencil and the photo was a photo I took of Maggie and Mara, two elephants that live at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  I have volunteered there at PAWS for a little over 6 1/2 years and I have always loved these elephants.  I hope I was able to do these two beauties justice!

If you have any questions or comments just speak up.  Don't forget to keep scribbling!!
Gemma

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Artwork Published in "Art Journey Animials"

Art Journey Animals


Hi All,

I am very pleased and humbled to announce that two of my pieces of artwork are published in North Light Books new book titled, "Art Journey Animals".

I feel so thankful and proud to see my artwork along with this wonderful collection of beautiful art, all about animals!!!!

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!!!!
Gemma