In addition to darks, I think in front of her face needs to be black – I need some bright companion color – I’m thinking purple like Eolande. Right now there are too many browns and she sort of fades … Continue reading Enough for the day
I haven’t quite figured out how to get dark darks. Could be I blend a little too much. Tough to maintain her profile while filling in the background. I keep telling myself to do the background first – and I … Continue reading How to get dark darks
My inspiration for my current pastel is a painting attributed to Ambrogio de Predis (1455-1508). He collaborated with Leonardo da Vinci – which I think is obvious in his painting above – is that a Leonardo inspired face or what?! My … Continue reading Inspiration
From first paint to nearly there in under an hour. You see both images – first and latest. Once I begin it takes no time really. I actually took photos all through the process from there to here – but … Continue reading First paint and beyond
After all that work last night. After freezing my hand into a painful cramp. What do I do this morning? Erase it. I don’t need all that detail to paint. In fact the less detail the better. I suspect some … Continue reading Paring Down in Preparation for Paint
With my hand recovered I couldn’t resist going back and fiddling. Having trouble with the proportions. Somehow I just couldn’t get the eye in the right place. Enough already! More changes will happen with the application of pastels anyway. I … Continue reading Late night adjustments
This is as far as I can go tonight. My hand, well, my fingers, cramped and froze! I couldn’t move the fingers of my left hand! Had to get hubby to massage my hand so I could use it. I was … Continue reading My hand cramped and froze!
I’ve set up for my next pastel painting. This time an exercise in drapery – an abstract almost. I saw this ad in a magazine and was totally fascinated by the folds in the fabric. After buying more Colourfix paper because … Continue reading An exercise in drapery
My next run through was to check the anatomy of the figure – specifically the arms. Are they the same size? Are the angles right? I think I’ve corrected the issue with her right arm (to your left). The elbow … Continue reading Checking anatomy
I did the mirror test on her – and found that her mouth had somehow gotten totally out of whack. It was going to take some major changes – it was going to require (gasp) erasing! I actually got … Continue reading I’m getting so brave
Corinne – that’s her name – “beautiful maiden”. I think she’s done. Pastel painting on paper, matted to 15×16.5 (mol) this is a matt that came with the framed piece of art – I’m throwing out the art and … Continue reading Corinne
Her name hasn’t been revealed yet. But Here is the next stage of adjustments. Still need more darks in the hair. And some adjustment around the right (your left) elbow area, maybe the under arm as well.. The eyebrow is … Continue reading No name yet, but adjustments made
I con’t know who she is yet. I added a matt I have to see how it fits. I think I’m going to need to have several different matts cut and on hand for use. There are still some details … Continue reading Who is she?
I rarely plan ahead and think of framing when I create a piece – and then been frustrated in trying to find something, especially for pastels. This time I have a frame and matt already selected for my next pastel … Continue reading Planning ahead
The first application of color. I’m not sure how much more layers this paper can hold. But she’s getting there. Almost appears if she’s gone from sleeping to awake. Continue reading Adding color
First paint – the shadows. You may have noticed my adding a few of the Watts type mapping areas of the more obvious shadow areas. She is begun. Continue reading First Paint
Sitting on on the back porch again. Today I read like a whole paragraph. Talking to my sister on the phone while I was noodling with this sketch of the Dawn Value example. Lots of white space. Continue reading Today’s notebook page
I was going to say morning light, but, well, its already midday. I changed her hand, you would see fingertips not a full finger when you wrap around your head like that. A few other adjustments. She’s ready for first … Continue reading Mid-day light
I’ve made a few adjustments. Any other adjustments will be made as I paint. I think I have the basics. Continue reading A few adjustments
I know she’s difficult to see – I used pencil very lightly. I had to Photoshop it in order for her to be seen at all. I can see some adjustments that are needed already – but its a start. … Continue reading Initial sketch
You see a photo of my outdoor study area. Where I’ve been sitting and reading my current art book – Classical Drawing by Aristides. My Kindle HDX to play music, coffee, book and notebook, plus a beautiful and peaceful view. … Continue reading What’s my hurry?
I decided that I needed to work with an art book to reinvigorate my drawing practice. Lately my daily drawing practice has languished, I was going great guns and then it just sort of tapered off. I’d gotten myself in … Continue reading It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.
Today my task was to find framing for my recent pastel painting and for a work that I want to enter into a local show. Colourfix was created in Australia, so the paper comes in a size that is not … Continue reading It’s all part of the life of an artist
I am impressed with this paper and it will be a favorite. It took scrubbing and water without buckling or tearing. Scrubbing created a very smooth surface that took Panpastels wonderfully. It erased like a dream. I watched a video … Continue reading Colourfix Paper Review
You can see a bit of the messy border in this photo. But I’ve added darks to create folds and add dimension to the cap. It might needs some darks on the headband, although you can’t really see it in … Continue reading Eolande, After Scevola
Eolande, 9×12 (mol), pastel on Colourfix paper She isn’t completely done. Even though I’ve signed it. Her headdress needs some darks. And I’ve yet to figure out how to get the definition in the jewels. Difficult to get such detail with … Continue reading Eolande
I’m opting for something a bit more medieval traditional for the headdress. Shades of violet. A hint of sheerness but not too sheer. Perhaps a bit of sparkle? Or not. We’ll see. Continue reading A bit more traditional
When I bought my new art table I also purchased a set of 60 CarbOthello chalk-pastel pencils. I have a small set that I find work beautifully with the Panpastels. So, since I had a coupon, I went ahead … Continue reading New art supplies, new art book
This is my fabulous new Studio table I got at Dick Blick today. I must admit it was a challenge to put together but here it is complete. Studio Designs Futura – grey with blue glass. I love that is … Continue reading New Studio Table
I have prepped for using the new metallic and pearlescent colors. This is a case in point of falling in love with something that needs to change. Her hairline. Her hair is too far down her forehead – farther than … Continue reading Ready to move forward with new colors