Sunday, January 13, 2019

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP03

Hello again, here is the last two updates for now. See original post for 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!

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, 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!

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!!

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!!

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!!!!

Elephants Work In Progress 04

Work in Progress, BFF's

Hi All,

Well..... I bet you thought I would never have another update on these girls.  It's been very slow going because of some other art commitments and because of family illnesses.

These elephants live in a Sanctuary called Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) where I have volunteered for years.  Their names are Maggie and Mara.

As I said before.... drawing elephant skin can be really really boring so that probably has a lot to do with the slowness of completing this piece.

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

The info on this artwork is as follows:
Photo Reference:  Was taken by me
Title:  BFF's
Size 16" x 24"
Medium:  Colored Pencil on very light tan Suede Matboard

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Elephants, Work in Progress 03

Hello All,
Well this has been very slow going but I finally have an update. The finished piece is done from a photo that I took at a wildlife sanctuary where I am a docent. The name of the sanctuary is Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The reference photo is of two elephants that are always together and their names are Mara and Maggie. I have one of the elephants done so far. One thing I have to say is..... Elephant skin is sooooo boring!!!!! LOL! That probably has a lot to do with why this is taking such a long time.
If you have any question or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
The info on this artwork is as follows: Photo Reference: My Own Title: BFF's Size: 16" x 24" Medium: Colored Pencil on very light tan, Suede Mat Board
Don't forget to keep Scribbling! Gemma

Friday, August 19, 2016

Elephants Work in Progress 02

Hello All, 

Here's an update to my Elephants. I haven't gotten a whole lot done but the skin has lots of details and is somewhat boring to do, LOL. 

This time I scanned it rather than photograph it from my iPhone so the colors are much more truer.

Title: BFF's
Size: 16" x 24"
Medium: Colored Pencil on Suede Mat Board

If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to speak up.  Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!  Cheers, Gemma, CPSA, AFC

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's Been A Long Time! Elephants Work in Progress 01

Hello All,

It's been along long time since I have been able to do any artwork.

I am now back at it and hope to stay motivated to get some work done, it does feel good to be back at the drawing table.

I took this photo of a couple of elephants at a sanctuary where I am a docent.  The name of the sanctuary is Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  These two elephants are Maggie and Mara.  I'm thinking of titling this piece "BFF's" because they are always together.  This piece is being done on light tan Suede Mat Board, it's done with 100% colored pencils and the size is 16" x 24".

Here is the work in progress, it's the upper left corner of the piece.

I had started this piece before and thought it might be interesting to do it on smooth white paper.  I just wasn't happy with the way it was going so I decided to try it, this time, on the Suede Mat Board and I am liking it much better, so far.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments if you want. Good to be back!   Don't forget to keep Scribbling!  Gemma

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sharpened Artist Podcast Interview of Gemma!!

John Middick and Lisa Lachri interviewed me in a podcast and it's now released. I'm very excited to have this opportunity to put out a good word about our medium, colored pencil, and the chance to talk about my artwork. Here's the link to the podcast:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 7

Endangered Reflections
Hi All,

Well.... It's finally finished!!!!  This piece was done with 100% Colored Pencils on Suede Mat Board.

Title:  Endangered Reflections
Size:  22" X 12"
Medium:  Colored Pencil
Reference Photo:  My own photo taken while in Montana
Subject:  Amur Leopard

It's part of my Reflections series, number three of the series.

If you have any questions let me know.  Don't forget to keep Scribbling!