Friday, January 30, 2009

The Last Peony

Friday, January 30, 2009
This WIP (work in progress) is done on a RTX240 pastel support...great surface for those who haven't tried it.


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"The Last Peony"
9" x 12"
Pastel

Established some of the darks and lights...working all over the place

Oops....got the cherub in the wrong place so I scraped it out with a palette knife and redrew it in lightly with a White Carb Othello pastel pencil...also drew a little of the shapes for the grapes and leaves.


More of the same!



Started establishing the darks in the background, the cherub, grapes and the peony...trying to remember to keep the shapes simple and my edges soft.

Looking for large shapes of local color, I started to block in the major shapes with very little detail and soft edges.

The second stage, I used a stiff brush with some water to scrub the pigment into the paper...loved the effect of this.

Started with a 9" x 12" Rtx240 pastel support first blocking in several hard and soft pastels to give me a general feel for the basic light and dark passages.
Pastels used were Terry Ludwigs, Great Americans, Rembrandts and NuPastels.








Thursday, January 22, 2009

The D.J.

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thought it would fun to share an older portrait I had done and the transition as it developed. I had first posted this on Wetcanvas.com a few years ago. You have to view it from the bottom up.

"The D.J."
Pastel
approximately 11" x 14"
Start blocking in the hair and more work in the features.


In this step, I take a dark bistre or charcoal pencil and lightly suggest where the features will be.


The first few steps are just blocking in some large shapes and looking for the general placement of the head.

Just getting some color on the paper






Thursday, January 08, 2009

Jean Louise

Thursday, January 8th, 2009


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"Jean Louise"
Pastel
10" x 12"
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please contact:
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on-going class
Meets: Saturdays: March 7 - 28, 2009
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Level: Beginner - AdvancedTuition: $100
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Self Portraits

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This is my first post of the year....I finally took a little time to reorganize the studio...what I didn't realize is that it needed a week of organization.
Here are two self portraits...I believe I was about ten years old in the first study and considerably older in the second...that's what a week of reorganizing a studio will do to you.
The portraits are part of the Daily Painters Challenge http://www.dailypainters.com/ to do a self portrait.

"Self Portrait"
Pastel
11" x 14"
"Self Portrait"
Pastel
11" x 14"