View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Thread 18th- 24th Aug.

08-18-2003, 11:38 AM
Hi folks.... well last weeks thread was a little thin on the ground, was everyone too busy to post a quickie?

Hopefully we'll see some great ones this week,...come on have a go.:)


Most of you know now what this thread is all about but for the benefit of those who are visiting for the first time:-

The objective is to paint or sketch as many times as you like during the week, but within a given time limit, i.e:-

25-30 minutes, 40-45 minutes, and 60 minutes. Small sizes, 8x10, 9x12..or whatever size you feel is right for you.

Time yourself, using a timer or alarm clock and as soon as the timer goes off......stop, and post it here...

The idea behind the set times is so that you learn eye and hand co-ordination, be able to paint what you see without being bogged down by detail and therefore improving your skills.

So come on in whether you are a newbie, a professional or somewhere in between....... all are welcomed here, no critiques unless you specifically want them. It's great fun so do join in.

Here's the link to last weeks quickies.:-


Kathryn Wilson
08-18-2003, 04:14 PM
Mo - am going to save this as a study for a bigger pix - this one is done in OP on canvas - 8 x 16. 60 min.

I like the colors for a SW painting - this is from a ref photo I took in Taos, NM several years ago. Want to paint it before the ref pix fades too much.

Not fond of how the canvas worked with the OP's. But it went quick and it was fun to do.


Vegas Art Guy
08-18-2003, 04:38 PM
Mo I didn't even have time for my family much less abusing conte crayons. I'll make up for it this week. Nice drawing Kyle, love the complimentary colors you used...

08-18-2003, 06:12 PM
Hi all,

I'm new here and this is my first post. I think it is a wonderful idea to have such weekly threads where smaller sketches etc. can be viewed. I think it could keep me painting weekly even when I don't have that much time to devote to it. I took up drawing just a short while ago and haven't really yet caught up... I really do like pastels though and last week I bought a box of Rembrandts to start with. Besides pastels I have only used pencils really.

Attached is a little something that I managed to do in under an hour. I made it after first emptying those two cans :D It's 9x12 inches, soft Rembrandt pastels on paper. Any comments and critique are more than welcome.


08-18-2003, 06:46 PM
Hey Jay -Pea,

There super especially that you emptied them first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They certainly look like beer cans.........................................welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08-18-2003, 06:58 PM
Kat that's going to look stunning as a bigger piece, looks stunning as a small piece, I like the colours too, did you prime the canvas with anything......bet it swallowed those pastels up:D

BTW, what is a SW painting?

Kathryn Wilson
08-18-2003, 07:03 PM
Thanks Mo and Vegas Guy! Gives me the incentive to start on a bigger one. Going to try another version tomorrow (small) with a bit of a different view. SW = southwest - sorry!

08-18-2003, 07:04 PM
Hi JP.... a warm welcome to you and glad to see you joining in on the quickies.... for someome who has recently taken up painting you are doing great.... super job on those cans, like the sheen of the metal, you captured that well...... and yes makes sense to drink the contents first.:D.... now you don't have to restrict yourself to one painting per week you know, you can do one every day ;).... hope you'll have time to do more soon.

Greg... don't fret, I'm not cracking the whip honest. :D


08-18-2003, 10:09 PM
Hi JP and welcome to Wetcanvas. Nice cans! In fact, they're making me thirsty, so I'm off to get a drink in a minute!

Kyle, glad to see your oil pastel here too!

I did this in about a half hour as an entry for the Purple and Yellow Complements project. I used only three sticks of oil pastels (Caran d'Ache Neopastels): violet, lemon yellow, white. It is about 5"X7" on Mi Tientes paper (smooth side). It was *really* hard working only with the two colors and white, but the project was fun. There's a link below my signature if any of you are interested in the project.



Kathryn Wilson
08-18-2003, 10:29 PM
Hi Jamie: I looked at that project and thought it would be extremely hard to do with just 3 stick of pastel, either soft or hard.

You've done a very credible job considering the difficulty!

:clap: :clap:

Deborah Secor
08-19-2003, 12:55 AM
Hi all-- I'm deep in deadline work for the next few days so haven't time to paint much! But i've been lurking.

Kat, i love the yellows and purples of the Taos piece. (It almost qualifies for the complements project...!)

jay-pea, glad you've joined us. Those cans a quite slick looking--very nice. Can't wait to see more...

Jamie, the comps project looked intriguing to me too but I have to admit i would miss my orange with purple too much! LOL Not really, just no time. I like your piece... can't believe it was only a half hour or that you only had three pastels! Wow... too hard.

I was thinking about the three basic colors of the landscape, which i say are blue (sky), purple (mountains) and yellow (ground). Another artist i know says you have to add green for the trees, too. Hmmmm. It would make an interesting challenge to see what folks came up with in that color scheme.

Okay, gotta get to bed!

08-19-2003, 07:09 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments! It seems that yellow and purple rule for this quickies thread so far... ;)

I like your landscape Kyle, the colors are so nice... and Jamie, I just can't believe you did that with only three pastels! I used to have only a few sticks and never got anything done with them, I always seemed to be missing the needed colors. Wonderful!

08-19-2003, 08:50 AM
Welcome JP! You did a great job with the sheen on those cans. An especially great job assuming they were beer cans and you got yourself all tanked up before painting :)

Kat, your yellow trees and purple mountains remind me of a particular style of painting ... might be Fauvism, but I'm not entirely confident about that. Lovely, unusual colours, anyway!

Jamie, it's so good to see you posting in Pastels. Your fruit looks really solid. You've tempted me to check out that project :)

I'm so sorry I haven't participated lately, in this thread or in the forum generally. The recent distractions of real life (house-hunting, visits to friends, socialising, fretting about work, not to mention the heat) have done nothing to help me recover from the severe lack of creative inspiration I was feeling in June/July. The good news is that it's my birthday tomorrow and I've spent my gift money on a variety of pastel papers, Conté sticks and a book on oil painting (waits for Dawn to yell "Traitor!!" LOL) so you can expect to see me getting my arse in gear pretty soon :)

08-19-2003, 09:46 AM
Originally posted by dee_artist
Jamie, the comps project looked intriguing to me too but I have to admit i would miss my orange with purple too much!..............

I was thinking about the three basic colors of the landscape, which i say are blue (sky), purple (mountains) and yellow (ground). Another artist i know says you have to add green for the trees, too. Hmmmm. It would make an interesting challenge to see what folks came up with in that color scheme.

Dee, maybe you should enter the blue/orange complements project (also below my signature)! You could use a violet-blue like ultramarine. :)

About the three landscape colors.....If you have blue, purple, and yellow, then you also have green by mixing, and the ability to neutralize it too!


Kathryn Wilson
08-19-2003, 10:59 AM
E-J: That's me! Unusual is the word for me. Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water in this forum - realism is the word and I'm going in the opposite direction. :D

The cottonwood trees in the southwest turn gold in the fall, along with aspens - so yellow/gold, purple and greens are significant colors in a southwest landscape in the fall, especially in the Taos, New Mexico area where the high plains desert meets the bottom edge of the Rocky Mountain range. And then there is the sagebrush color - a soft, soft grey green. Just talking about the colors soothes my soul. :)

Vegas Art Guy
08-19-2003, 07:20 PM
You mean I'm not the only one who does not go for super realism? Yay! :clap: I knew I was not alone!

Kathryn Wilson
08-19-2003, 07:25 PM
Vegas Guy: You are never alone on this Forum! Sitting here trying to get the gumption to post my latest "non-realistic" piece here. Even DH is giving me the queer eye!

I may have to pack my bags and leave after I post it. LOL

Okay - here it is - another study - oil pastel on illustration board. Used an underpainting of oil pastels diluted with turpenoid. Stylized painting style from my illustration days -

Been going through a huge painting block and figured it was due to trying to paint a way that was not me - trying to get back to me again.


08-19-2003, 08:42 PM
wow Kat!!! That POPS!!!!! I always miss the stuff in here....glad you said something in the OP sticky!!!Looks like it was loads of fun doing this one...and it got some neat effects!!!

08-19-2003, 08:45 PM
Jamie:) Hi! Good to see you posting here... you have done well with those limited colours, wish I had the time right now to take up your project, so busy at the moment... just like you Dee... hope you are feeling okay now:)

E-J... wondered where you you've been missed you girl...come back soon with your super quickies.... read my artist block thread too..... somewhere in the archives, and get Redsy to kick your butt.:D.. it works.:)

Kat... I love this... stylized is so right and so ingenious.. :clap::clap:

Super work.!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegas Art Guy
08-21-2003, 09:04 PM
Nice job again Kyle. I actually have something to post this week, and no I did not do any office products this time... :D

Deborah Secor
08-21-2003, 09:46 PM
I finally got to paint today--actually a demo for my class. I'm liking it but question the color of the background. Too yellow I think... It looks yellower here.

Awww... here I am destroying the yellow purple theme...

Felt good to get my fingers dirty again!


Kathryn Wilson
08-21-2003, 10:02 PM
Can I borrow that yellow for my Canyon deChelly WIP - you can just pass that on over here, please ;) :D

08-21-2003, 10:04 PM
yeah dee...look at my landscape help thread...and HELP me...I tried lavender and yellow/ochre...failing dismally!!! How cum I get mud when I laid lavender over the yellow, huh, huh???? You're looks like landscape...nice landscape!

Deborah Secor
08-21-2003, 10:11 PM
ooops.. forgot to tell ya it was about an hour altogether.. don't want to break the rules...

um, haven't looked at today's threads yet. Guess I better get on it... LOL

Dee hands the yellow over to Kat ;)

Kathryn Wilson
08-21-2003, 10:15 PM
Whopee!!! Running over to my painting - just right Dee!

08-21-2003, 10:20 PM
sigh...and here I am...still lost without a right yellow or lavender...sniff....

Deborah Secor
08-22-2003, 12:51 AM
Dee frantically searches for the right yellow and lavender for Dyin!

If you layer the exact same values over one another, complements make a pleasing grayed color. And who doesn't need a good mud now and then? I sure do--very useful stuff...

08-22-2003, 01:07 AM
lol...like that mud do you??? My trouble I think...I used a light lavender but the ochre is just such a dense pigment, even tho I used it's lightest shade it just went dead...thanks, the tip will come in handy...

08-22-2003, 12:22 PM
Dee, I really like that, the warm feeling there and all that in an hour, wow ... wish I could do something like that. Maybe someday :confused:

Kathryn Wilson
08-22-2003, 01:41 PM
Dee: I love this pastel painting - I was so immersed in my start of a painting yesterday, I didn't take much time to comment.

I wish you would do a WIP sometime so that we can see your process - love those colors!!

Deborah Secor
08-22-2003, 03:04 PM
Thanks all...

jay-pea, I guess I've just gotten fast from all these years of teaching, having to get my lecture and demo into the first hour or so in order to give enough time for people to actually paint in class. I like painting fast now! Keeps me loose--as long as I'm painting something familiar (landscape being my forte.) I slow down when i'm learning things.

I had the husband of a student come to me one day and ask how long it would be before his wife could paint like I do. I told him, "Have her paint every day for 20 years!" LOL

Kat, as soon as the magazine gives me a break (but not too much of one) I'll try to do that WIP for ya. What I do seems so basic, though. Nothing special--no mixed media, no little tricks, just painting! But I'll do it anyway, just so you'll see.

08-22-2003, 05:29 PM
Oh Dee that's so gorgeous. I saw that I'll have to paint daily for 20 years - I guess I'm a bit closer than I was.

Thanks, Barb

08-22-2003, 05:52 PM
OK so let me see... with my quick math, after two weeks with pastels, I'm left with 19 years, eleven months and two weeks (19.96153 years) to go... there's hope then, I see ;) Oh, of course I haven't been painting every day... well... on second thought, maybe I shouldn't be doing the math instead of painting... let me get back to my pastels then... now where were they...

Deborah Secor
08-22-2003, 07:37 PM
jay-pea, one might begin to suspect that you are not too terribly right-brained if you keep this number stuff up like that! I only used the number 20... you're the one who used a (shudder) decimal point!

Better find those pastels and get with it! LOL


08-22-2003, 08:22 PM
Dee, although there are a lot of smilies around, you're absolutely right there... I guess I'm "not too terribly right-brained" since I've got my degree in computer science and mathematics, among other evidence... maybe that's why I like painting so much - it tickles the unused side of my brain... lol... never thought about these right/left-brain things before...


Vegas Art Guy
08-22-2003, 08:51 PM
Well those of us who are left handed are always in our right minds... :D