Each fortnight the NZ Art Guild has a fortnightly theme challenge. The last one is "winter" and the challenge was that you had to use a medium that you haven't used before. I've had a 24 pack of Derwent coloursoft pencils that I bought a while ago, so I thought that I would give them a try. I did this on Art Spectrum black colourfix paper which I had actually bought for pastel work but seemed to work fine for coloured pencils.
The reason for the boots? One of the very few things I like about winter is the fact I get to wear boots and this year I bought these beautiful red boots that I love dearly and try to wear as much as possible. I wore them to the NZ Art Guild opening night last tuesday and kicked them off when I get home (am a slippers girl at home, and actually croc slippers at the moment horror of horrors). On wednesday morning I saw them lying there and thought, that will be my way of symbolising winter in this current challenge.
I enjoyed using the coloured pencils and I probably spent about 3-4 hours on this. I can see how if you spend a lot more time, how some artists come up with incredible realistic detailed work using coloured pencils. I left the background looser and tried for more detail and smoothness on the boots. It's okay for a first crack and I think I might play around with them some more. I don't think any medium will beat oils for me though, I love oils best.