If you've known me any length of time at all, you know that the colored pencil medium is not one of my favorite mediums to work in. Don't get me wrong, it is one of my favorite mediums to look at and long to do well, but the mastery of it hovers slightly out of my reach. I think it has more to do with getting bored with a painting before it's finished than anything else. I also think the average non-artist would be amazed at the length of time a really good colored pencil piece takes to do really well. And that's the rub for me - I just don't seem to have the required patience and stamina to do a colored pencil work as well as it should be done. Take this cat, for instance. I started it way back in September, I think. It's only 5 x 7 inches and is on Ampersand's PastelBord so a background wasn't necessary to paint. There is a bit of detail in the face with several color changes but, really, it shouldn't have taken this long to finish! And, no, I wasn't working steadily on it the whole time. Frankly, I'd gotten bored rather quickly and had put it away soon after starting it and only worked sporadically on it since.
So, I found it when I was trying to straighten up my studio and decided to finish it. It's not at all perfect as I didn't have the colors I really needed to "optically mix" the colors I wanted. But, I did finish it and am proud of that fact!
Maybe one day I'll decide that I really want to pursue colored pencil but for right now, I'm content just to have finished this one!