Jennifer’s Blog.

28th March 2018

Coloured Pencil as a Fine Art Medium.

(From the AUSCPA website)
Most of us start out using coloured pencils from the moment our infant fingers are strong enough to hold a pencil, but then somewhere along the way, the coloured pencils get put aside and are dismissed as being for children. In recent decades, coloured pencil manufacturers have been working hard to create lines of coloured pencils that are light fast, brilliantly coloured, archival, layer well and offer a versatility that is unsurpassed by any other fine art medium.
Coloured pencils can be used alone, with solvents, blenders, mediums and water to create a range of interesting effects. They work equally well on paper, canvas, wood, drafting film and stone and combine easily with most other mediums including ink, acrylics, graphite, watercolours and pastels. We are seeing an ever increasing presence of coloured pencil artworks in galleries and exhibitions.
Whilst in the past, coloured pencils may have been dismissed as a drawing tool for children, anyone who has worked in coloured pencils appreciates the many challenges faced by coloured pencil artists and the skills required to overcome these challenges. There have been numerous lengthy forums on how to create smooth skin tones, or an even sky, how to eliminate the white of the paper showing through, and which surfaces allow for multiple layers whilst still enabling the rendering of fine detail.
Coloured pencils work equally well for creating artworks with bold, abstract colour blocks to the subtle shading of a photo realistic piece. Depending on the surface used, coloured pencil artworks can be fixed and varnished and hung without glass in the same way that a painting can. No other medium will give you the versatility, portability, reliability and accessibility that coloured pencils offer.


27th March 2018

Let me tell you what happened today….
I’ve received an unexpected pair of Supershoes to paint…. It has been a shipping mistake, this pair should have been sent to an another Jennifer 🙂 

The Supershoes’ office is extremely busy everyday and I can completely understand this unforeseen… Taking contact with Supershoes and the other artist (who should have received these shoes) we have solved everything with a smile! I will paint these shoes. 🙂 I was worried and I asked if I should have sent them back in UK or if I should have sent them directly to the other artist….but there isn’t so much time for another shipping, this is also why I will paint the shoes…
But I’m writing to tell you this…LOOK at these shoes….. are smaller than my paintbrush….. These are for a baby of only 2 years old, with leukemia. These shoes are FUC**** SMALL…! 😦 Please, let’s give support to Supershoes with donations….. we cannot heal kids, but we can give them smiles…

3rd February 2018

… what you don’t know about the technique of colored pencils… is that it is perhaps the slowest technique.
Making a drawing with colored pencils takes much longer than any other drawing or painting technique…. each color, each shade is reproduced not mixing colors… but by overlapping layers of colors…. in an image we can see a certain kind of red…. and you will never find in your box of pencils (as many as you have) that exact kind of red….. after several attempts you will find that to create that red you had to use layers of clear red , brown , dark red, grey , mix it with the blender, another bit of red, orange and then another touch of another kind of red….. but, when you study a color… you don’t only have to recognize the colors that you need (and for each there are many variants)…. you must also look for the order in which you have to use them and what pressure you have to use for each color…. some colors should be used with an average pressure… others with a very light pressure…. imagine this process for each inch of an image and you will understand why, if you only work in the evening, to make an excellent drawing of colored pencils it sometimes takes months.
Advantages? It’s a technique that requires little space, you don’t have to wash brushes….. you can work on it a little each day…. it’s cheaper (compared to other techniques)…. you can get amazing effects if you discover the potential and … becomes like a drug…!


2nd February 2018

I want to share with you this paragraph written by the artist Lisa Congdon….not only because it’s something VERY true…but also because it happens to me ALL the times! 🙂

“My painting teacher used to talk about the “painting curve”, a line that looks like the letter U. He said that when you begin a painting (or other form of art), you are at the top of the U. Things look clean and wonderful in the beginning. But as you develop a piece of work, it often gets messier; that is the bottom of the painting curve -the point at which we think our work looks horrible or awkward- is critical to making good work. Working through the complexities of a piece to the point where it looks and feels wonderful again- rising back up to the top of the U- helps develop your technique as well as your unique voice.”

1st February 2018

OMG!! It makes me cry to see young Charley (15 years old) so truly happy of the Supershoes I’ve painted for him!!! Good luck Charley, I’m so happy you love your Supershoes so much!! A hug

It’s amazing what Supershoes does …it gives so much joy to these young warriors….

1st September 2017

I am very happy to share, with you all, my latest work about the Carnival of Venice …!
I realized my first drawing concerning this type of subject in the year 2010 …. This is my seventh drawing with this theme and what makes me very happy is to be improved in the realization and in the technique. In this drawing I managed to reach a much higher level of realism. A very accurate study of colors and nuances, and many hours of work, have led me to this result I am very pleased with.
The reference picture was taken at the Carnival of Venice by my friend Paolo Bison, photographer with whom I had a wonderful collaboration in making this work.
For this drawing of 26,5 x 42 cm I used only colored pencils of three different brands (Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Ache Prismalo) on a rough Fabriano F4 paper.
The theme of Venice Carnival is a theme that I am very fond of … making a drawing with this type of subject requires a lot of hours of exhausting work due to the infinite amount of details and shades … but the satisfaction that you reache with the result obtained … is unmatched! It is for this reason that I will surely realize other works in the future with this theme.

Here I show you the comparision of my drawing with the photo reference…

On the right you see the photo reference, on the left you can see my drawing.



13th August 2017

When I was a child I had a big dream … and it was that I could be able to draw very well everything I wanted …   Last night I finished the eyes on a portrait of a venetian mask I’m working on …. The eyes don’t they came just fine, but they seem ALIVE ….!
I don’t like to brag … but this time, I don’t know what to say …. I’m so happy that, the last night, I didn’t sleep!  And watching them this morning… I cried … Because I said to myself:  “I did it …. I really improved …. and without any school … only with the hard work and only with my own strength …”

……I’m happy.
And unfortunately I can not publish the photo of the drawing yet, because it will be part of the article “step by step” for the american magazine and you’ll have to wait to see the finished drawing. 🙂


1st January 2017

The 2016 has been a difficult year…. the level of stress I’ve had has been really high…But now, looking back..I can tell I have done a big step forward with my art…!
I can say this 2016 has been very important for me and my art. Below I would like to go over with you the goals that I reached this year …
– My drawing “Venice Carnival” was been selected for the American book “CP Hidden Treasures”, a book that is a collection of 120 artists from around the world, specialized in the use of colored pencils. The book is full of beautiful illustrations of the most beautiful artistic creations from around the world, you can buy the book at this link *:…
– My drawing “Dragster Challenge” was published in the American magazine “Colored Pencil Magazine”, in the July 2016, each month the magazine selects a limited number of works that will be published in the “Gallery” in the magazine . To download or purchase the magazine, you can go to this link:
– In the July 2016 the magazine “COLOR” by Ann Kullberg you could find a two-page article regarding my drawing “The Diamond Mask” with a careful technical analysis of the drawing written by Ann Kullberg. You can download and buy the magazine at this link*:…
– This year I won my first art competition! In the Australian Competition “Colourbration 2016” won the award for “Best Emerging Artist”! I achieved this victory with my drawing “Venice Carnival”. Articles and images of the drawings were published in several Australian art magazines.
Help others … 2016: This year I wanted to find time to help others with my art …. I realized one of my best drawings with colored pencils … the subject is a beautiful Corvette Grand Sport Lightweight Coupe of 1963 photographed by Dave Wendt. With the permission of the photographer I realized this drawing and it was donated, with the help and cooperation of close friends Scott and Kim H., on September 2016, at the Charity Car Show in New Hampshire. The Car Show was organized by Great Bay Corvette Club and the proceeds from the event were donated to Shriners Hospital for Children in Massachusetts.Many congratulations go to Dee and Tom D., they have won the drawing at the auction!…
From August 2016 I’m part of the staff of Supershoes UK! Supershoes is a wonderful organization made up of volunteers artists who paint custom Converse canvas shoes for children with cancer. For more information and donations, please visit their website! You will be amazed by the creations of the artists and how they manage to make happy these children so brave.
Thank you very much for your time for following me, for liking my posts and for your compliments and amazing support! Thank you for believing in me!
I wish you all a new amazing year full of happiness!

13th December 2016

My latest pair of Supershoes!!

I’ve painted this pair for Toby, 11 years old.

He loves the movie “Back to the future” and the “DeLorean” car! I hope he will love his new Supershoes so much!

Supershoes for Toby, 11 years old.

12th December 2016

Ready and framed…!!!

Here is my first pet portrait “Siberian Husky” framed and ready to be an amazing gift!! 🙂  I admit that I was worried about pet portraits in general…I thought that animal’s fur was extremely difficult to render…. Well, it’s not the easiest thing in this world…but if you have enough patience…you can do that!

I’m proud of the result and I will certainly draw other pet portraits!



21st November 2016

Congratulations to Charlie!!!
Charlie is the owner of the stunning Corvette C1 I had the pleasure of portraying in my drawing “Black Cherry Vette” and with his beautiful and classy Vette he is winning many awards in various car shows in Texas!!

14th November 2016

I’m happy to show you the finished picture of the “Black Cherry Vette” drawing!

I have realized this drawing with watercolor pencils Caran d’Ache Prismalo and coloured pencils Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos on Canson Watercolor paper. Dimensions of the drawing: A3.

I’m always happy to create a drawing for someone whom lives in America but this time I felt really thrilled because of the amazing colour of this recently restore Corvette C1! This “Black Cherry Metallic” colour has been an interesting challenge!

The lucky owner of this stunning C1 is Charlie, he lives in Texas and the Corvette was his father’s car. Charlie completely restored it and, after a few weeks, while I was working on this drawing he told me that the car’s name is “Miss T.M.”… I asked why of this name and he explained me that it was like his father called Charlie’s mother. The sweet thing is that Charlie’s mom was Italian… So, I added the italian words “In memoria of Theresa Marie: Miss T.M.” to the drawing.

It’s wonderful to have the chance to draw for persons whom are so far away but the fact this drawing will be an important part of Charlie’s family and a precious memory, it’s priceless.  This is the best side about creating art.


22nd October 2016

Great news! Harry is absolutely happy of his new Supershoes!! 🙂   Please, pray for him to win his battle against cancer…

Don’t give up, Harry! We all pray for you!!


02nd October 2016

On September I have painted and sent back my first pair of Supershoes…!

Here I post the photo, this pair was for a super kid called Harry, he loves Tigers and his nickname is “Tiger Harry”! He also likes the cartoons “Minions” and “Paw Patrol”, he is 4 years old.

How unfair that an only 4 years old kid has to fight against cancer… Please, pray for him to win his battle and have as soon as possible the normal and happy life he deserves.

Meanwhile…I hope Harry loves his shoes and I hope I have been able to donate him a big smile.



09th September 2016

It’s time for some “Work in Progress” pictures!! 🙂

Here is the two drawing I am currently doing….  is a drawing about a Chevrolet Corvette C1 1960, I have done the sky with watercolor pencils Caran d’Ache Prismalo and Derwent Graphitint on Canson watercolor paper. I will go forward with this drawing with waxy colored pencils Prismacolor Premier and oil based pencils Faber-Castell Polychromos….I can’t wait to work on the car because it has a stunning “Black Cherry Metallic” color!

21st July 2016

One of the great things has happened so far, in this 2016, is that I’m having the chance to create drawings from the beautiful photos took by the amazing American photographer Dave Wendt (, Dave gave me kindly the permission to create drawings from his photos of the Chevrolet Corvettes! This is a true honor to me because I love Corvettes and Dave’s photos are stunning!

Here is the work in progress of the first drawing…. It’s a Corvette C2 1963 Lightweight Grand Sport Coupe, I’m realizing this drawing with colored pencils Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos with also turpentine, on bamboo paper.

Dimensions: cm 30×40 cm.

3rd June 2016

I’m working on a McLaren P1 drawing… Here I post some pictures of the work in progress… 🙂  I’m doing this drawing with colored pencils “Faber-Castell Polychromos” and “Prismacolor Premier” on Fabriano F4 paper.  The dimensions are 13×18 inches (33×48 cm).

April 2016

Chevrolet Corvette C6, Red…

Another Chevy Corvette portrait..!

With this drawing I wanted to test the chalky colored pencils “Cretacolor Fine Art Pastels” on Hahnemuehle bamboo paper. The dimensions are 10,23 x 15,74 inches (26x40cm). Here I post also some work in progress of the drawing. 🙂

March 2016

Tribute to Claude Monet x 3…

Three versions of the famous painting by Claude Monet.

Here I show you the test I did with these three versions of the Monet’s painting, the dimensions are 24×33 cm.

I realized the first version, on the top, with Oil Pastels “Staedtler Noris” on a Fabriano F4 paper.

The second version is made with Tempera Colors “Giotto” and the third version with Watercolor Pencils “Caran d’Ache Prismalo” and “Cretacolor Monolith”.

It’s time to work with You…

Yes, it is….!  I’ve started this drawing about Venice Carnival almost two years ago…Then…other projects and personal problems kept me away from this drawing and another one about Venice.  Now, it’s time to finish it…! I will keep you posted on the work in progress 🙂 I am using “Maimeri Venezia” watercolors on a paper made of bambù. 🙂


The “Dragster Challenge” drawing….  

It has been a real “challenge” to me also…! Yesterday I’ve finished this drawing…it required lot of work but now I’m happy and I can say that it has been worth it… 🙂

This drawing has the dimensions of 20×27,55 inches (50×70 cm) and I realized it entirely with colored pencils.  I used Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on a Fabriano F4 paper.

This drawing will fly soon to Louisiano, U.S.A.

"Dragster Challenge", Colored Pencils, dimensions: 20x27,55 inches.
“Dragster Challenge”, Colored Pencils, dimensions: 20×27,55 inches.