New Toys - Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers

I received my Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers! I was intrigued by the notion that they are lightfast (per the company, up to 100 years in standard gallery conditions). In my imagination, everything that I attempt to produce could turn out the be the "one" that gets me noticed or - more realistically - the "one" that I want to hang loud and proud on the wall to say "Yes! I CAN do this!". The idea of fading makes me a little sad.

After my standard YouTube research, I put Winsor & Newton pigment marker to Winsor & Newton pigment marker paper. Most of what I'd heard described was spot on: 1) The pigment sits on top of the paper allowing it to be moved around, 2) the white blender is pretty awesome, 3) the pigment literally ran out of some of the nibs in large drops on to my page, and 4) the chisel nibs are incredibly fragile - if you aren't careful putting the cap back on, it splits it right in two. The other thing I noticed that I had not heard on YouTube was that you have to be very light handed as the marker paper is super thin and will damage almost immediately. The ability to work and rework as one user talked about is rather limited unless very careful.

All that said, they are more fun than markers I've tried in the past, and I'll continue to give them a try. They are here now, after all!

Post update: Chili Peppers coming, and they look very promising so far!

Pretty daffodils on a beautiful spring day.

Pretty daffodils on a beautiful spring day.

In the beginning...

(Um, one year ago) ...there was a hard-working desk jockey who needed an outlet (that's me). That outlet turned into drawing and painting. My style is still undefined. Different mediums attract me for different subjects, so I am in a delirious state of learning each time I sit down to create. I am excited, and sometimes frustrated, to see what emerges. Luckily the excitement wins out!

One year later and I think I've learned quite a bit. YouTube has been my "higher education", and I'd like to give a big "Thank You" to those artists I follow. In particular, Anna Mason (@annamasonart), Billy Showell (@billyshowell), Krzysztof Kowalski (@esperoart), Peter Sheeler (@sheelerart), and Charles Evans for watercolor. Also a big thanks to Colored Pencil Magazine and Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine for a central place to learn and view incredible pencil work by incredibly talented individuals.

Let's see where this ends up!