Category Archives: Colored Markers

Me Glork

It just looks like a Glork.

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(3″ x 4″ watercolor and colored markers on plain paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


Three Pears

It’s been three years since I started this blog! I give you three pears. There is no significance to this other than it’s a 3-for-3. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me this far.

I had an incredible urge for mixed media play the other night. I pulled out a piece of cardboard that was already gessoed and lightly washed with watercolor over a year ago. I had three delicious pears to look at. There were colored oil markers to grab, Pan pastels I had never opened, and the omnipresent black permanent marker. I was in heaven. Still haven’t eaten the pears.

May we all have a delicious 2015.

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(9″ x 10.5″  watercolor, color oil markers, Pan® pastels, permanent black Sharpie® marker on cardboard)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Pooch on Porch with Purple Door

For some reason last month, I decided to  ‘draw’ using only a toothpick dipped in india ink. There is complete lack of control and it’s  fun not worrying about results. When dry, I added bright color with markers — very fast process.

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(6″ x 6″  ink-dipped toothpick application, markers)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

It’s Chopin’s Birthday

I painted this androgynous face and was told it looked rather like a 19th century composer. So I gave him a body and keyboard — my Chopin.

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era (1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849).

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(12″ x 18″ sharpie® marker and watercolor on shizen® 100lb. rough rag paper)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Disoriented Egg Roller

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blue-feathered egg roller
(3.5″ x 5.5″ pen and ink, Copic markers on moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Curtain Over the Casbah

This is remnants of black ink lifted off the gelli plate. I immediately saw a Middle Eastern-looking cityscape. (click image to enlarge)

Curtain Over the Casbah
(8″ x 10″ acrylic monotone monotype with copic marker on paper)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Dorothy at Nineteen

This new technique of using gesso’d cardboard as a canvas is fascinating. It lends a wonderful background texture of irregular patterns.

This is a photo of my mother, Dorothy, in 1949 (19 years old). dorothy at 19

I used it as a reference for this stylized painting (click to enlarge):
(8″ x 11″ mixed media)
Displayed artwork © 2012 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Faces 101 Class

“You should draw people more!” is what I’ve heard from a few of you lately. I’ve spent the last two weeks doing just that—painting only faces, in an online Carla Sonheim class, “Faces 101.”

Every day was a different exploration of various media using Carla’s fun techniques. I was a kid in a virtual class playground where we all shared our work on Flickr. Many of the assignments were from imagination. Others were from reference materials or live people. Only one was a realistic study. Some had time limitations. One required drawing with my non-dominant hand. All of them were challenging and rewarding. I continue to see faces in everything!

These are just a few of the 101 faces I created for the class. To see the rest, grab a cup of tea and visit my Flickr page where you can click on any thumbnail to scroll through the large images and read comments. Easier still: click the slideshow button at the top of the page.

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Displayed artwork © 2012 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.