What’s With Colored Pencils?

Cactus FlowerOnce upon a time, in the far off land of Yesterday, colored pencils were only found next to children’s crayons and coloring books. Little tykes enjoyed them but even they thought the colors were not as pretty as crayons!

Of course, this meant that colored pencils were not taken seriously by artists or art collectors. Then a change occurred, quite unexpected by all, yet wonderful – quality colored pencils began to be produced using pigments that were not only vivid but that could endure the test of time and the even greater test of artists’ satisfaction.

Enter the land of Today, where colored pencil art now hangs in prestigious galleries, hobnobbing with oil paintings, acrylics, water colors, and pen & ink drawings.  For myself, I’m thankful to be an artist in these wonderful days. I love colored pencils and I love the processes that allow them to be called paintings in their own right. These processes include layering color over color, thus taking advantage of the translucent qualities of these pencils, and burnishing, which presses color into the paper until it takes on a solid, painted effect.

Enjoy looking at and even collecting colored pencil paintings. As a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, I subscribe to its principles, which urge artists to use only the best pencils of archival quality, so that the art we love today will be worthy of admiration for generations to come.      Jean Carr

Member of the following:

  • Colored Pencil Society of America
  • Tucson Colored Pencil Artists’ Association
  • San Pedro River Arts Council
  • Huachuca Art Association