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Moose on the Prairie by Tammy J. Hoffert
24" x 18"
Colored pencil on front and back of Grafix drafting film. Background is colored pencil and pan pastel on Mi Teintes pastel paper.
Moose on the Prairie has been a labor of love! Moose are my oldest son's favorite animal, and he wanted to show his support of my artistic journey, so he commissioned me to do a colored pencil painting of a moose for his office. What a wonderful son, right? Moose are commonly seen on the North Dakota prairie, so it also reminds me of home. As I was working on the front of the drafting film, I decided that I wanted to create strong depth in this piece. I found that drafting film was a wonderful surface for creating depth. It has become my favorite surface so far. I rendered the moose on the front side with a few of the grass stems in the foreground. I then turned it over to the back side and put more grass and twigs. I decided I wanted even more depth and took out a sheet of Mi Tientes and used pan pastel and colored pencil to create the background.
I remember as a child, sitting with my mother coloring in a coloring book as she taught me how to do gradations of color and blending. This was my 1st art lesson! I believe this is why I have such a passion for colored pencil!