Breaking into the world of Art

Into the Woods © Beka Bielman

Hello Everyone!

I’m excited to show you the first in my new series of drawings.

‘Into the Woods’ is my interpretation of landscape through line and shading.  The inspiration for the landscape came from a picture I took while vacationing with friends in Sequim, WA.

Even before I painted the portrait of Peter, I knew that I wanted to experiment with the pattern I had been creating for the last year in my line drawings. I wanted to create something that would be challenging for me and intriguing to my audience. This series is my way of connecting my love of pattern and my love of the woods. Each section of this drawing was a new challenge for me, but I had fun experimenting with the use of various patterns to convey shape and form to the objects they were used to describe.

More about the drawing:

This piece is 22×30 and created using archival pens, inks, and felt markers. It has two layers, the negative space has been cut out to let the background show through. As you can see there are shadows of the branches showing through to the background. The layering has been a happy accident and I look forward to adding it to future pieces in this series.

This is the beginning of something new, I’m so thrilled to have this piece finally finished! Yay!

I will have ten drawings in this series – my new goal. I’m currently working on #3 & #4. Should be posting #2 in the next few weeks.

Thanks to Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction for this great digital scan of my work! They did an awesome job!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great week!


Hi Everyone!
It’s been a while since I posted last and I wanted to update you all on what’s going on with my life right now.

Since changing my blog to look more professional, I’ve been working away in the studio and have gotten a bout of strep throat :(. I’m now feeling better and have a renewed vision of my work.

Last Friday I got the opportunity to volunteer at the Art Walk in Issaquah. It was a great experience for me, meeting fellow artists nearby. I also went into ArtEAST’s UpFront Gallery, they have a variety of works there. Ceramics, metal sculptures, prints, paintings, etc. I am seriously considering creating work to put in there. Right now they are accepting small pieces during the summer art walk – so I’d better get hopping!

At the moment I’ve been creating 22 x 30″ works which are very detailed landscapes. I’m thinking of creating smaller versions so I can produce more in a shorter period of time.

I’m going to a critique on the 23rd where I will be asking for feedback on my current work, when I’m ready I will go ahead and post them up on this blog!

Well, that’s it for now! Have a great week everyone – enjoy that sun!


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Here are some of my pieces from my Intaglio class at the UW. I enjoyed playing around with shapes and slight depth of space. The landscape prints are from my monoprint class – trying my hand at etching. It is a drawing from the Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley.