A Study of Reflections; Window Shopping, Florence

A Study of Reflections; Window Shopping, Florence

I missed this one. It is beautiful and superbly well painted.

Wow an Aladin's cave of sweeties. Love this subject and the composition, must have been a challenge all those reflections Andrea. Not surprised it was selected!

Gosh Andrea, I wouldn't know where to start with a subject such as this. You've made a complicated scene look fascinating, you could look at it for hours and still find something new.

Thank you Thea, Carole and Fiona for taking the time to post these kind comments. Yes I did find this a challenge. I found working with pencil very different to painting, rightly or wrongly I felt I had to 'get it right first time' whereas with painting you can change your mind and paint something out. I also worried my style would change over the course of the picture! And you are right, there was a lot to tackle and consider - but it was just one of those images I wanted to try - and a nice excuse to buy those pencils in that special 'silly price' sale!

I missed this one too, Andrea! Your pictures are superb. Thank you for your comment and tip about my vegetable pic!

Thank you DAC DAC! Lovely compliment :) i have really enjoyed looking at your portfolio too, I especially love your landscapes and coastal scenes. :)

Thank you Shirley, and you are welcome! I am a big fan of your art and recognised it straight away as being one of yours! :)

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A casual holiday snap prompted this particular artistic challenge, produced using pure coloured pencil. I aimed to capture all the layers (from my view point in the street, to the boy; the myriad of window reflections; window display; the shopkeeper and packages at the very back of the shop), yet still retain the narrative quality of the scene. This was my first pure pencil work since childhood, and I was inspired to 'have a go' by the magazine articles I read last year concerning the Derwent and UKCPS (UK Coloured Pencil Society) Open Art Exhibitions. This drawing was selected and exhibited with the UKCPS's International Open Show in Birmingham, May 2014.

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Andrea Hook

I have always loved art and as a child I would frequently be found drawing the trees in the garden. I first worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in London and Dorset for fifteen years. One of my favourite posts was illustrating natural-history display-boards in watercolour & ink for Dorset…

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