Friday, August 28, 2009

Bing Cherries

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009
"Bing Cherries" Pencil Drawing
9" by 12" 100lb paper
My attempt at a still life with Bing cherries. I love Bing cherries, I wait for them every year, of course you can get them year round now if you want to pay an arm and a leg.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Apple Water Color

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009

"Apple" Water Color

!!" by 15" 140 lb paper

My water color study of the apple still life. I used some of the knowledge I gained with the colored pencil exercises to help with the color on this piece. I was happy with the results. My problem is the photography . the green frame around the apple is not crooked in real life the photo makes it look lopsided. something about the way I have the camera set is creating this optic effect. A mystery that needs to be solved.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Apple Colored Pencil

Copyright by S Ciaccio 2009

"Apple" Colored Pencil

9" by 12" 100 lb paper

I used the techniques from colored pencil panting bible for this study. It has been a excellent reference and practice source. Learning how to layer the colored pencils has really helped me with not only colored pencil but with water colors. I am pleased with the results here. I plan on seeking some expert advice on photographing art work soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Apple Pen and Ink

Copyright by S. Caiccio 2009

"Apple" Pen and Ink Drawing

9" x12" 100lb. paper

This is my pen and ink study of an apple still life. I notice that my pen and ink work has a different quality from the other three studies i do. the pencil, colored pencil and water color are more concerned with realism, while the pen and ink tends to be more stylistic. I am not sure why, it seems to me something that the media I chose dictates.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Apple Drawing

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009

"Apple" Pencil Drawing

9" by 12 " 100lb. paper

I continue my study of supposed "simple" still life with a study of an apple. You can get lost in the details of the apple skin. I am trying to learn how to render the highlights on the apple.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Water Color Pear

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009

"Pear" Water Color

My watercolor version of the pear still life. I was pleased with the coloring of the pear but not the beads of water. Need to work on that , some times you learn more from your mistakes then your successes. Planning on finding some water color workshops to go to so I can increase my technical skill.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pear colored Pencil

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009
"Pear" Colored Pencil
9" by 12" 100 Lb paper
I use the "Colored Pencil Painting Bible" by Alyona Nickeson, for these exercises. I was pleased with the results. The color layering in these exercises is a very good way to review color theory. Remembering that you should go back to the primary colors to create various colors you see. I find it helps to remember breaking down the complex to the simple parts.

Pen and Ink Pear

Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009

"Pear" Pen and Ink drawing

9" by 12" 100lb paper

The pear still life in pen and ink. I really struggled with the water drops on this one. I need to keep working at it. I start with a pencil drawing first to work on size and values, second I usually work on a pen and ink. Pen and Ink is unforgiving, no correcting mistakes or do overs. You can not erase ink.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Copyright by S. Ciaccio 2009

"Pear" Pencil Drawing

9" by 12" 100lb. paper

I started thinking about going back to basics. I set up a very simple still life. I wanted to concentrate on simple shapes. I wanted to really practice basic skills with various media. What you find when you do this is how complicated this can be. Once you really concentrate on one object and try to capture it's form, texture and color you find out what a learning exercise this is.