View Full Version : I'm baaaaaack

07-07-2015, 09:57 AM
It's been a while since I last posted here, it's been a while since I've painted with pastels. Last night I got the urge to get dusty and dug out some pastels. I also dug out an old, unfinished painting that wasn't going well, and washed it off so I didn't have to make a new panel. I spent a little over an hour on this last night, still a WIP of course;


Please excuse the subpar photo. I've got some drawing corrections to make but other than that I just need to finish the foreground and background. Another 1-2 hours should finish it tonight. I forgot how fun pastel painting can be since I've been away from it for so long. I'm guessing pastels will return to my painting medium mix at least, maybe even become my primary medium again, we'll see.

One interesting thing about this is I didn't pull out my full set of pastels, just a couple small portable sets and I hardly felt I was missing anything. It probably helped that I was working from a greyscale photo so I was free to invent the color as I saw fit.

Technical details: The surface is Uart 400 mounted to acid free foamboard, current dimensions 15" X 17.5" but I'll probably crop it down to a standard 12" X 16" which I think would look better anyway. The underdrawing was done with a Polychromos purple hard pastel and most of the rest of the painting is done using Rembrandts with a bit of Mount Visions.

Donna T
07-07-2015, 06:06 PM
Looks good so far, David! Isn't it nice to be able to wash off UArt and keep using it?

water girl
07-07-2015, 06:22 PM
It's nice that you've returned. Now you know pastels are perfect for painting old vehicles. I'm waiting to see your finished piece.

07-08-2015, 12:42 PM
Thanks Donna, Yes, it is nice to be able to wash Uart off. I need to buy a few sheets of the finer grades, I think I might actually like 500 or 600 better for painting vehicles.

I finished the painting last night but I'm going to let it simmer for a day or two then apply any finishing touches I think it needs before I scan it.

If the weather cooperates I'm going to take my portable kit out and maybe make a small sketch or two at the car show tonight. Kind of like Dan Gray does but not nearly as big!

07-08-2015, 08:44 PM
Great start, David. Looking forward to seeing the finished painting. I have been getting an itch to get my pastels out too. Must be something in the air. It has been about a year and half. Time flies!


07-08-2015, 10:37 PM
Welcome back, David - and Doug, too. Great to see both of you again and looking forward to your fantastic contributions.

07-09-2015, 09:29 AM
Thanks Doug, Mudfish.

I'll probably post the finished painting tonight after some final touches.

In the mean time here are the two sketches I did last night at the car show;



07-10-2015, 09:42 AM
The painting is finished;


07-10-2015, 10:37 AM
Love all three! Since I'm fairly new to the forums (or being active, that is), I don't know if cars are your usual gig, but these are fantastic.

pastel lover
07-11-2015, 12:50 AM
Woah, this are nice. Vehicles are so hard and to do them while at a car show, impressive.


07-11-2015, 02:17 PM
Thanks Patty, Tanja.

Patty, I am a car guy so I've done hundreds of sketches of cars, many of them from life at car shows but those have mostly been in pencil. I haven't painted cars much and when I did it was with acrylics.