Ken Hamilton - Colored Pencil Artist
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"Nectarine Paired Pear" 9 X 12 Prismacolor on StrathmoreWindpower 400 Series Vellum This is the first piece of artwork that I have finished in over 20 years. This was a simple piece just as a learning exercise and to give me a feel for the medium, but I now think I have finally broken through that brick wall. Possibly, just possibly, now I can get those 30 or so paintings that have been rattling around in my head down on paper or canvas. Colored Pencil Magazine chose this piece to publish in their December 2013 edition.
"Begetting Begonias" 9 X 12" Prismacolor on Strathmore 400 Series Vellum. My 2nd piece since my 20 year hiatus from painting. More substance and challenge here than my "Nectarine Paired Pear". Still exploring my techniques but I'm seeing a definite "style" developing in my work. I decided to forego a background for now but I may address the issue later. Now it's time to work on a landscape or maybe a portrait
"The Monarch and I" 9 x12" Prismacolor on Strathmore from my own reference. This has proven to be a real challenge. I learned a lot of "what not to do's". I'm satisfied with the composition but not too happy with the color rendering. The background was something I couldn't overcome. Not my best work , but "passable" I guess. Think I'll do something simple and whimsical next.
"Nuts Gone Bananas" 9 X 12" Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Strathmore 400 Series Vellum
WIP (Work In Progress) Very early beginnings of a new piece. Just layering the base colors and developing the images. "Big Gulp" 9 X 12" Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Strathmore 400 Series Vellum
I found this watercolor in some of my Mother's old keepsakes. I entered it in the Lanier High Art Club art contest in 1962 . . . 51 years ago ! When I learned that the judging was being done by a professor from Huntingdon College who was an "abstractionist" I knew I didn't have much chance of winning. I went home that night and glued a box of flat wooden toothpicks together that looked like intertwining strands of today's DNA. I painted one side yellow, the other side orange, and stuck it on a block of wood painted black. I won 1st place in the three-dimensional category . . . go figure ! Surprisingly I won 2nd place in the two-dimensional category with my still-life. The painting is in remarkable shape although greatly faded and moisture has caused some "running" and blurring of the watercolors.
"Father's Day 1992" 20X14" Watercolor My last painting in 1992 before taking a 20 year plus hiatus from art. On this Father's day my 6 year old daughter came charging into the house with a dandelion flower from the backyard. (I still hate mowing the grass!) She proudly presented it to me with a beaming, "Happy Father's Day Daddy !" This dandelion quickly morphed to a rose, dripping from my paint brush. This is a matched set of my daughter and I.
"Father's Day 1992 " 20X14" watercolor. The other panel of the set.
"My Mary" 12X9" on Illustration board One of my last watercolors in 1982. My wife was 23 at the time and we had been married for 10 months. Easy to see why I have held on to her for 33 years.
"Ahhh . . . Broken In At Last!" 9X12" Prismacolor Colored Pencil on black Stonehenge paper.
Spare time and motivation occurred simultaneously, giving me the opportunity to finish another creation ! "Lunch Amid The Geraniums" 9 X 12 " Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils on Stonehenge paper My reference
"Sunshine On A Stick" 12 X 9" Polychromos Colored Pencils on Strathmore 400 Series Vellum. My reference.
"Korben and Evee" PrismaColor Colored Pencils on 18" X 24" gray Stonehenge paper. My reference