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Making a Mark on Life

Pretty in Pink by Mona Barden

By Jane Delcarson

Mona Barden of Ellison Bay will be exhibiting colored pencil renderings of flowers in November at the UU Gallery. She loves gardening, but when she cannot get out to the garden she “still enjoys (her) flowers by putting them down on paper with various mediums”. A Gallery Reception will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 12 noon until 2 pm.

Making a Mark on Life can be as simple as putting a colored pencil (her favorite medium) in your hand.” Barden explained that she uses colored pencils and graphite that enable her to capture more detail. They are very portable and she can easily take them with her when she travels.

End of Summer by Mona Barden

She has studied colored pencil techniques with Kristy Kutch, colored pencil artist and author of the book, Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil. She also studied with Rhonda Nass, commercial artist and instructor from Madison.

“Pastel renderings require at least fout to five layers of pencil. The mixing of the color is done directly on the paper surface. One drawback to working with colored pencils is its resistance to erasing.

Mona Barden’s imagination and skill at detail create nature’s beauty on paper. Gallery hours on Sundays from 11 am until 12:30 pm and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3 pm.