In Praise of the Pencil and How to Make Some …

Pastel extrusions being laid out to dry (Christopher Payne photo)

Pastel extrusions being laid out to dry (Christopher Payne photo)

“And while a pencil is sophisticated enough to track every gradation of the human hand, it is also simple enough for a toddler to use …”

The photo essay in the New York Times, which focuses on the pencil products of General Pencil in Jersey City, NJ is a pencil lovers feast. Excellent writing by Sam Anderson and gorgeous photos by Christopher Payne.

I use some of General Pencils products, their charcoal pencils are favorites, and their white charcoal pencil is the only truly white pastel pencil that I’ve found; they can hold a point but aren’t waxy, wrapped up in a light cedar wood sheath. Excellent for making fine white lines that can be erased with a damp cloth, I use them for laying out compositions on darker surfaces.

 

 

 

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Sea of Milk

Sea of Milk; R Williamson, acrylic on glass; 2018

Sea of Milk; R Williamson, acrylic on glass; 2018

Rounding out the new pieces in my current show at Fresh Flours Cafe in South Lake Union, is a fantasy piece. ‘Sea of Milk‘, is a fairy tale fragment that was suggested out of nowhere by a particular pose that I had quickly sketched. As much as that, it’s a color study in greys and yellow green, colors that I will be exploring together in future additions to the little show.

On view through the end of February during regular business hours.

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Night Tree with Orange

Night Tree + Blocks (sml)

Night Tree with Orange; R Williamson; 2017 acrylic on canvas covered panel

One addition to my current show at Fresh Flours in South Lake Union, is a painted collage piece that I started several years ago. It hung in my hallway for 2 years before I finally took it back down and finished it a couple weeks ago. Doesn’t really fit with the other work in the show, but I put it up anyway, on a wall removed from the other work.

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New Paintings – Fresh Flours SLU

Face Up in the Rain; acrylic on glass; 2018 R Williamson

Face Up in the Rain; acrylic on glass; 2018 R Williamson

Tomorrow I’ll be opening a small show of new and new-ish paintings at the Fresh Flours cafe in South Lake Union area, on the side street next to Glazers Cameras. (432 8th Ave. N, Seattle WA 98109/ cafe phone: 206 706-3338)

The show is up for two months and I expect to be swapping out pieces during that time in the hopes that by the time it closes, that the show will have some continuity. At the moment, it doesn’t!

(Through February, ’18)

Egyptian Dream 1; acrylic on canvas; R Williamson 2017

Egyptian Dream 1; acrylic on canvas; R Williamson 2017

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Readi Spaghetti – distressed medalion

A distressed graphic on brick veneer for Readi Spaghetti in Mukilteo, WA

A distressed graphic on brick veneer for Readi Spaghetti in Mukilteo, WA

Time out for a quick bread and butter joblet. This time a simple distressed, hand-painted graphic on brick veneer for a new Readi Spaghetti location in Mukilteo, Washington. (Their 3rd venue).

Using both dry brush on the brick texture and abrasion to get the distressed effect

Using both dry brush on the brick texture and abrasion to get the distressed effect

This is one occasion where I didn’t do the graphic design but instead used the material supplied by Ken Barnes of BSR Brand + Environment for whom I’ve done many of this type of work over the years.

One color and done …

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