Here is my painting for today. This is pastel on 5x7 pastel board. I was working from a photo that my husband took somewhere a few years ago.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
My painting for today almost ended up in the waste basket! I started this piece in colored pencil on a 4x4 piece of Ampersand Clay Board. Remember, part of the exercise is to try new products, techniques, and ideas. I don't like working on board with pencils. It has so much texture that it wears the pencils down very quickly, it takes a very long time to fill the texture so that you get a finished-looking piece. I was very unhappy with the results I was getting after about 40 minutes of working mostly on filling in background. At that point, I almost threw in the towel and threw out the piece. So, I walked away and thought about it for a while. I decided to try overlaying the colored pencil with pastels. In the end, I had a piece that is worth keeping. This is one seagull from a photo of a flock of seagulls that I am planning to use for a large pastel painting. I used my Pan Pastels to lay in the sky. Then I went to my soft pastels and worked on the gull. I used Conte pencils for some of the details, but they were not very effective over the colored pencil.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today's painting is a little 3x5 pastel on board of iris. I was experimenting with the Pan Pastels on the background. They are very nice and blend easily to create nice color mixes and lay down in a very smooth application.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Today I challenged myself to take a single sketch and make two different small paintings from it. I did the sketch during a meeting I was attending yesterday afternoon. There was a plant in the lobby that I could see from the meeting room and I roughly sketched it in my notes. One version of the branch is primarily a cool palette with warm yellow-green accents. The surface is a 4x5 Masonite board that I apparently painted with a base coat of green acrylic paint a while ago.
The second version is a primarily warm palette and is painted on a 3x5 fine-grained canvas attached to a board. The warmer version is more vibrant and exciting. The smaller board forced a different placement of the subject and the result was a more interesting design as well.
I didn't like working on the acrylic base. It was grainy but the texture was uneven and it was difficult to apply the pastel the way I wanted. It would not be my first choice for a surface. The canvas was not bad to work on but would take a bit of getting used to.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I am sticking to my plan of a painting a day. I am giving myself 1-2 hours in the morning to work on and complete a small painting. Here is today's painting. It is called "Gardening". It is pastel on 5x7 grey pastel board.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have decided to try to make time to do a small painting every day. Today I got out the pastels once again and another 5x7 pastel board. This little piece is sketched from a set-up of a little Longaberger basket filled with small artificial pears and apples. For the background, I applied several colors and then used a watercolor brush and denatured alcohol to blend them together. Notice the left-hand light source. This is a challenge for me as I am so completely right dominant!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I spent a little time after my student left this morning playing with my pastels. I had a 5x7 Pastel Board that I wanted to try out. This product is made by Ampersand. It has a sanded (textured) surface and comes in grey, sand or white. I used the sand colored surface for this piece.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This is a small experimental version of what will ultimately be a much larger piece. It is done on Mi-Teintes paper with soft pastels and is about 9x12. The final version of the piece will be approximately 16x28 to fit in a very large frame. It is time to get it up on my easel and start working on it.