PAINTINGS IN PENCIL” BY MANDY ROBERTSON IS THE FEATURE EXHIBITION
AT FT. MADISON AREA ARTS ASSOCIATION IN OCTOBER.
Mandy Robertson of Carman, Illinois, will showcase her exhibition “Paintings in Pencil”
throughout the month of October. Fans of photorealism stylings should roost in this
nest. A reception for the artist will occur on October 10th from 5:00-
Photorealism rendering takes patience, especially when fabricating with the multitude
of layers associated with Prismacolor pencils. Mandy has multitudes of colors at
her disposal with her colored pencil sets. All different hues await her choice to
bring layer upon layer of color to a subject. It can be a tedious process with an
8”x10” piece taking 20 to 25 hours for completion....but what a dazzling effect!
Mandy likes the texture effect sustained by multi-
Mandy works in several mediums but prefers the precision of the pencil to the brush.
She primarily uses Prismacolor pencils, beginning with her first large palette in
2007. They have a wax that provides rich, vibrant colors that layer well. The realism
has a mirror image focus to the works in the exhibit, excepting for an early morning
series of silhouettes that sprout only a touch of color, lingering in the darkness
prior to dawn. For this grouping Mandy utilized a type of Prismacolor called “Very
Thins” that have less wax than the color fountain she normally bathes in. Viewing
for “Paintings in Pencil” is available all month from Tuesday-