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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: Scott Daryn Tillett

“I’ve tried many of Ampersand’s surfaces, but the Pastelbord seemed to compliment my technique the best.  They are truly the best surface I’ve ever used.  As long as you guys keep making them, I’ll keep using them.” ~Scott Daryn Tillett

The Spirit Within
Timeless Serenade

Colored pencil artist, Scott Daryn Tillett works his brilliant, detailed pieces through a tried and true formula, but with an interesting twist on his subject matter.  Even though his creations are built with careful planning, layout, and technical knowledge, Scott’s mystical imagery comes to him from the dreamworld.  The highly detailed designs he creates are first sketched out in his morning routine through a dream sketchbook, kept by the bedside.  He explains, “I keep a dream sketchbook next to my bed that I sketch in every morning.  I take those sketches and fine tune them into a final work.  My subject matter changes depending on what dreams I have an how interesting I think other people might find them.  Most of my dreams include some type of nature, usually with spiritual overtones.”  This couldn’t be more evident than in his most recent work, Timeless Serenade and The Spirit Within.

Scott has been working in colored pencil for years, finding it to be his favorite medium, and building it up smoothly in layers to appear as oil paint, like the old Masters’ work.  He began his study in colored pencil by trying layers with a soft touch, working on paper, testing out several brands of pencil, and finally changing up his surface.  He shares further, “I use Prismacolor pencils exclusively because of a wax binder they put into their pencils. I’ve tried the oil based pencils but they didn’t seem to blend as well when using a heavy approach. With this in mind, I started applying the wax pigment with more force, completely covering my surface with color and not allowing the color of the support to show through. Back in those days, I was using paper, and I quickly realized that I was going to need a paper that had a lot of tooth so that I could apply heavy layer over heavy layer without destroying the paper. There are quite a few heavy papers on the market, and one of the best that fit my new technique nicely is sanded paper. I created a couple of works on this surface with good results but I was still not completely satisfied because now that the artwork was finished, it required some protection as the art was created on paper. I really didn’t want to go through the expense of having to mat and frame my work behind glass, so I set out to find a surface that would compliment my technique as well as allow me to varnish and frame my artwork like an oil painting. This is when I discovered Ampersand.” 

Crimson Window


Scott’s work was recently featured in two colored pencil magazines last month, Colored Pencil Magazine and in Color Magazine.  Scott posts his most recent work, exhibition information, and sales information through his regularly updated Facebook page:  Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply

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Featured Gallery Artist: Scott Daryn Tillett

 

Scott Daryn Tillett
Out of the Blue, 16″ x 20″, oil on Gessobord, 2014

Scott Daryn Tillett says he was born an artist, and it shows in his paintings that he has been practicing and honing his skills for decades.  Scott is a proficient representational artist, working in colored pencil, pastel and oils.  He is also active online so you can see more of his work at The Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Featured Artist: Amy Lindenberger

Lindenberger
Early December Morning

Colored pencil artist, Amy Lindenberger has a unique and thoughtful approach to her work, considering that she is using one of the smoothest surfaces possible and colored pencil usually requires a bit of grit to stick in place.  Having worked in colored pencil for more than thirty years, Amy knows the idiosyncrasies of the medium and the tweaks she needs to make to work on a particular surface, like Claybord™.

It was high school where Amy discovered colored pencil, but college at the University of Akron where Amy was able to really experiment with other media.  She came back to colored pencil because of her love for the translucency of the medium and the layering process that fits her working style and personality.  “Not long after graduating, I went back to colored pencil and learned that by varying the surfaces and techniques used, I could achieve results that mimicked the look of other media, in addition to creating the look of colored pencil.  I’ve worked exclusively in graphite and colored pencil since 1981, and have never regretted my choice,” Amy explains.

Lindenberger
Fog at the Angle


Amy discovered Claybord while looking for a surface that wouldn’t require her to frame her pieces under glass.  She shares, “I’ve tried a variety of things, but started doing some very small portraits in graphite on Claybord because I liked the bright whites produced by the smooth board surface as well as the fact that the graphite erased very cleanly. One day a customer asked if I could produce a piece on Claybord that was primarily graphite but with a tint of color. I told him I wasn’t sure, due to the fact that the surface is very smooth and colored pencil generally requires a little more tooth to hold the grains of color. But I found that if I applied a layer of workable fixative to the graphite, the fixative provided enough texture for the colored pencil to adhere. Once I made that discovery, more experimenting took place, and it just sort of took off from there.”  Amy finishes her pieces on Claybord with Golden Archival Spray Varnish and chooses the finish depending on her subject matter.  

Lindenberger
October Morning, Fog Receding


Amy is a long time Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and the founder and President of the DC101 chapter in Canton, Ohio, which has since disbanded.  Along with five other artists, Amy founded the Drawing Room Gallery in Gettysburg  PA, formerly known as the Civil War Fine Art Gallery.  

Amy currently teaches about her soft technique with several upcoming workshops.
Soft Focused Landscapes:  Colored Pencil on Claybord — 

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Featured Artist: Veronica Winters

Veronica Winters
Aqua Chandelier, 8″ x 10″, colored pencil on Pastelbord

I have just tried scratchbord as well and I was surprised to discover so much potential in this medium too! Its rich, black surface offers artists an opportunity to create high-contrast, variously textured images that look striking and one-of-a kind even when the subject itself is quite ordinary.” ~Veronica Winters

Florida artist Veronica Winters has been actively teaching, writing and working as an artist since she came from Russia to the U.S. in 1997.  After receiving her BFA from Oklahoma State and her MFA from Pennsylvania State, Veronica studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Grand Central Academy.  She currently resides in Naples, Florida, spending time teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Collier Adult & Community Education Center.  

Veronica Winters
Promises, Oil on Gessobord, 2014

 

Winter's Venetian Boy
Venetian Boy, 10″ x 8″, oil on Gessobord

Veronica grew up in Moscow with a strong art influence from the ballet, theatre and concerts, but it was when she came to the States that she began her own fine art career.  She found colored pencil through one of her instructors and Ampersand panels through an artist peer and a match was made.  “I really like the fact that I can combine lightfast colored pencils with archival Pastelbords to achieve the result I’m after-long lived artwork,” she explains.  Veronica works in both colored pencil and oils, choosing the medium for her work based on the subject matter — for studies in light, she will use colored pencil.  When a subject calls to her emotionally, Veronica works in oils. “Figures are symbolic of emotions and colors ‘talk’ about specific mood or atmosphere in painting.  Masked figures blur the obvious connections people otherwise make with faces and thus anyone can find himself hidden behind the mask.  Masks also bring mystery and the unknown into my work and I have infinite inspiration for that coming from Venice, Italy.  Rich history of the place, its atmosphere, architecture, and abundant beauty supply visual elements for my paintings, including fabric patterns, costumes, and masks,” she says.  

Veronica’s work is viewable online on her website, blog, and Facebook page.  You can also get a feel for Veronica’s process through her YouTube channel.  Veronica is represented by Gallery on Fifth in Naples, FL and by Saatchi online.

Currently, Veronica teaches one on one workshops at her studio in Naples.  You can schedule a lesson through emailing her at her website, or look into her instruction books.   

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.