Paulette Morrissey


Original Colored Pencil Artwork



colored pencil artwork

One of my favorite subjects is carousel horses. I prefer the horses over the other animals. But rather than drawing them on a carousel, I thought it might be fun to have them running free! It's 20x15 inches, done with Prismacolor pencils and Neocolors for the background, and took about 50 hours. Titled - Escape from the Endless Circle.



colored pencil artwork

Lately I've discovered I like drawing flowers. This purple double dutch tulip was my first attempt, and it was a lot of fun! It's 14x11 inches, done with Prismacolor pencils, and took about 30 hours. Titled - After the Rain.



colored pencil artwork

This is my second colored pencil flower picture. It's 11x14 inches. A good friend, Linda S. Carr, let me use one of her beautiful photographs as reference. I call this one Sunflower Twilight.



colored pencil artwork

I played around with portraits for a short time, but I don't think this is something I will do much of. So far, the flowers are more fun for me. This is Joey and her sweet little dog Daisy, getting ready to be part of a St. Patty's Day parade in Florida.



colored pencil artwork

This is Bear on His Throne, one of several dog commissions I did earlier this year. The leather chair ended up to be my favorite part of the picture.



colored pencil artwork

Working with colored pencils is a very slow peaceful process. To get the really deep bold solid colors, it takes as much as 20 layers of pencils and burnishers, which was the case with Red Hot, shown here. This artwork won an Award for Excellence at the 2007 CPSA Annual International Exhibit.



colored pencil artwork

colored pencil artwork
I call this one "Frightful Ride". It's 15 x 20 inches, and very vivid colors.


colored pencil artwork

I think the zebra is my favorite of my early drawings. It is about 18 x 24 inches. It used up about 20 black and white pencils.


colored pencil artwork

colored pencil artwork

colored pencil artwork

colored pencil artwork

I drew these three toucan pictures so they could be displayed alone, or all together as a triptych. Each is 16 x 20 inches, and all together they are 45 inches wide. I was on a toucan drawing kick for a while..... still haven't figured out where I'm going to hang them. But I think I want to smooth out the background a little before I do anything permanent with them.


colored pencil artwork

More toucans. Their faces and beaks are fun to do.


colored pencil artwork

This drawing was done from a section of a bookcase in my house. I collect those round glass paperweights, and drawing one seemed like it might be fun.


colored pencil artwork

These two African Grey parrots are my birds, Nora on the bottom and Frankie on the top. The photos I took for reference were actually with the birds on a play gym. I added the branches to the drawing for a more natural parrot setting.


colored pencil artwork

I was planning to do a series of all different game boards. So far all I've done is this Monopoly board. I do have the "Life" board started though.


colored pencil artwork

This one is about 18 x 24 inches. It I called this one "Life in the Tank". One of my earliest pictures.


colored pencil artwork

Playing with the glass balls again. The brass stand under one of them ended up to be my favorite part of the drawing.


colored pencil artwork
colored pencil artwork

These were my first two colored pencil drawings. Done at a couple RC flying competitions I was attending with my husband. I was bored and needed something to do while sitting there all weekend, every weekend, all summer. So I took up drawing. I never tried colored pencils until that weekend - I was almost 55 years old at the time - so you're never too old to try something new.



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