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I've been working as a colored pencil artist for over twenty years. I primarily work on colored papers, and use a large variety of colors with a light touch layering technique.
I started out doing colored pencil on wood, a jewelry line called- On the Wild Side, but also whimsical wall pieces, and cover plates for wall switches. I felt the urge to work larger and started a series of anthropomorphic creatures that includes; owl-human, leopard-human, turtle-human, and chameleon-human, to name a few. These pieces have a dash of humor, the subject seems to know something, and the viewer can only guess what that is!

Animals have always played an important part in my life. As a child I was constantly exploring my environment, and always amazed by the natural world- and really felt privileged to be included in it. I hope that appreciation of the wild world comes through in my work…

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Nature Art in Colored Pencil by Julie...

About

I've been working as a colored pencil artist for over twenty years. I primarily work on colored papers, and use a large variety of colors with a light touch layering technique.
I started out doing colored pencil on wood, a jewelry line called- On the Wild Side, but also whimsical wall pieces, and cover plates for wall switches. I felt the urge to work larger and started a series of anthropomorphic creatures that includes; owl-human, leopard-human, turtle-human, and chameleon-human, to name a few. These pieces have a dash of humor, the subject seems to know something, and the viewer can only guess what that is!

Animals have always played an important part in my life. As a child I was constantly exploring my environment, and always amazed by the natural world- and really felt privileged to be included in it. I hope that appreciation of the wild world comes through in my work.

The process of creating an art piece includes extensive research of all the species I’m including in a piece, or if it is an anthropomorphic piece I also need to decide on the human features to be included, and especially hone the facial features. I then create a rough compositional sketch, followed by a reworked compositional drawing, and then a transfer of that drawing onto the final art paper. Then a lot of pencil sharpening, and hopefully not too much erasing!

Currently, I'm working on a series: Minnesota Species, which includes a variety of animal, plant and insect species within Minnesota, and the environments they share. I felt compelled to start this series when I became aware of the large number of species threatened in our state alone. Most of this threat is contributed to the loss of environment that these species need to thrive. I’m hoping to bring awareness of the species loss, and the importance of responsible stewardship of the land.

All of my work is a celebration of the variety of animal life; a tribute to nature's ability to awe and awaken within each of us our biological connection and spiritual need of the natural world. These pieces are a reminder to appreciate all animals in their uniqueness, not only because of our concern for nature's well being and balance, but also for our own well being and balance.
Enjoy!

Julie Greenwood
coloringwoods [!at] earthlink.net
952-895-3458

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