Category Archives: Colored Pencil

More Squigglies

Just sharing a recent batch of ‘Squigglies” which I love to make because:

  • they’re fast
  • unpredictable
  • make me laugh

Caroline’s Crazy for Carrots

Queen Mantisqueen_mantis_4277_wp

Blue Jesterjester_4241_wp

Einstein’s Green Eyeeinstein_green_eye_4242_wp

Little Drummer Cowboydrummer_boy_4227_wp

Freakishly Strangefreakishly_strange_4222_wp

Old Womanold_woman_4239_wp

Blue Dancing Girlblue_dancer_girl_4244_wp(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


20 Years Ago

Look what I found!



I was moving art papers around recently and discovered this collage sandwiched in the stack, created exactly 20 years ago. I had recently quit my full-time job and was taking time to decide my next step. Lot’s of uncertainty felt with a healthy dose of confusion…

I haven’t found all my answers since 1997, but I’ve survived another chunk of my life and had a lot of fun and love along the way. I just wish I could slow down the clock a little for the next twenty!  Tic-Toc.

(24″ x 36″ mixed media collage on Crescent art board)


I unburied this bright drawing recently while cleaning out old files. It is many years old. My only recollection is that it was probably the first brainflash* I ever put on paper. Maybe that’s why I kept it. And, it’s an abstract which was an unusual genre for me years ago. It appears that I was experimenting with complementary color and reflective symmetry. Sounds good, eh? I really haven’t a clue.

* brainflash — my term for my ‘mind’s eye’ vision of some composition that flashes, for a split second, when my eyes are closed and I’m trying to sleep. These visions are often so vivid I recall them the next day and put them to paper. It’s quite wonderful, but when my brain decides to let in a parade of these, I can’t quiet them. End result? Insomnia.

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(5″ x 3″  colored pencil on paper)
Displayed artwork © circa 1997  Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

More Table Top Class Work

Tabletopclassblogbig2Diane introduced different types of line (dashed, curvy, dotted, sketchy) and combinations (hatching, stippling, woven, etc.) to create interest, depth, and energy in our line art.

Here’s a graphite test and a colored pencil test using the same three glass vessels.



More class progression to come…

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(7″ x  7.5″ colored pencil on vellum)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

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(8″ x  10″ graphite on vellum)
Displayed artwork © 2014 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Looking Through You

I’m looking through you, where did you go
I thought I knew you, what did I know
You don’t look different, but you have changed
I’m looking through you, you’re not the same

– Lennon, JW & McCartney, PJ (Rubber Soul, 1965)

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(3.5″ x 5.5″  micron pen, watercolor, colored pencil on moleskine®)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

2013—Year of the Snake

Happy New Year, dear visitors! Wishing you all the very best throughout this next cycle of creativity.

I thought I would start 2013—the year of the snake—with this sidewalk crack drawing. If I accurately adhered to the Chinese zodiac calendar, I would post this next month since the snake year technically runs 02/10/2013–01/30/2014. But, I’m a western thinker when it comes to calendars, so you’re getting this a month early. (click image to enlarge)

(8″ x 9″ permanent marker, colored pencil and white gouache on paper bag)
Displayed artwork © 2013 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.