Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

Alyona Nickelsen has written and illustrated a book that is not only informative, but beautiful.  When I opened the book, I have to be honest, I simply could not believe that the pictures I was looking at were done in colored pencil.  They are exquisite!

However, she does an amazing job in sharing what she knows, as an artist, with complete instructions and tips on achieving the results for the reader.  She takes the r4eader step by step, illustrating each of those steps to help achieve the desired results.

I realized very quickly that I was not ready for this book.  I was simply too new in using colored pencils for art, and certainly not ready to do portraits. As a result, I purchased her previous book, the Colored Pencil Painting Bible and am now actively engrossed in creating my own paintings with colored pencils.

I hope to “graduate” and dive into Colored Pencil Painting Portraits.  Meanwhile I do use it to help guide me in my work.

When I first started playing with various artistic mediums, watercolor pencils became by favorite tool.  I quickly realized that with pencils I could create interesting results, actually much easier than with a paint brush.

I am excited about the possibilities I have discovered in this book.

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About the Author

Watcon-Guptill Publications, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-38534-627-6

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness

Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness by Kavitha M. Chinnaiyan MD.

Publication date: October 2017

“Pulling from Eastern traditions including tantra and yoga, and focusing on the feminine principle of divine energy also known as Shakti, this book bridges the divide between dualistic concepts and non-dual philosophy. By exploring the symbolism of the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripura Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika)—each with a veiled face representing a destructive quality that perpetuates ignorance and suffering, and a true face representing the wisdom that stimulates profound transformation and liberation—you’ll learn to embrace and incorporate every aspect of who you are.”

Fabulous book!!! I not only totally enjoyed it, but benefited from it as well. I have read the books on the Mahavidyas by Sally Kempton and David Kinsley and this author is right up there!

Chapter by chapter you will explore the 10 Mahavidyas, all aspects of Shakti Herself.  You will find things to consider, meditate about and exercises to use to help you identify these archetypes within!  Much of the work is to help you move from our mundane dualistic way of viewing the world. Highly recommend!