Faber Castell Water Color Pencil paintings Santa Fe area November & December

Here are the several water colors I’ve had time to create in these last two months, here in the Santa Fe National Forest and also at Tent Rocks, in New Mexico

I’ve been taking shots of them as they develop to show the progression

Carol Keiter, water color, Faber Castell, paintings, art, environment

Pictures of the progression of Water Color Paintings done with Faber Castell

I’m actually not yet finished with the last of the three! I’ll post the completed version soon.


About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

2 Responses to Faber Castell Water Color Pencil paintings Santa Fe area November & December

  1. Loren Booda says:

    I see a realistic foreground and an impressionistic background generally in the center-top work; not only in its evolution from “blue spruce” but also its “van Gogh” wild, fiery orange. Overall, I see more detail (a technique to draw us in?) as sketches progress. The bare deciduous reminds me of winter. I trust you are relatively comfortable in the element, Carol.

    The fourth frame from the left of the middle row has these same qualities; to its right may be the most remarkable scene of your collection. I would like to see it in full frame, but it appears to be a synthesis of early 20th century themes, perhaps post-impressionism or surrealism. I see abstract organic elements, with a pleasing balance of colors. I am not sure whether the scene is one of inside looking out, or vice versa.

    The bottom row makes me wonder whether the recurring oranges of the ground are of mineral or vegetative origin. To be overly critical of these drawings is to miss the subjective beauty of the tree of nature, around which the art’s energy dances.

    I learned to recognize a significant view on the world here, one that relates an abstract play of environment with a grasp of more familiar surroundings.

  2. Loren Booda says:

    To amend my first paragraph:

    The realism reflects an outdoor still life of trees and cubist rocks. Those details contrast with landscape impressions shifting between two- and three-dimensional frames, a choice for us viewers that at least doubles our perspectives. Initially the scene appears somehow primitive, but being driven by the uncertain terrain and its energetic setting becomes many drawings from one. Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder — it is here a lucid dream with which we participate. Overall, we draw on our own fantastic histories through your works.

    Keep warm, entranced and near friends.

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