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02-13-2017, 06:06 PM
The neatest thing about the masonite with pastel ground is the "linen" texture it imparts to the surface. When used with hard pastels, you can emphasize that feature and make it part of the painting. Here is another attempt at a portrait using the ground and also trying to be a bit painterly. You should play around with it!



02-13-2017, 11:38 PM
This is fantastic! This is my favorite surface to pastel paint on, much for the same reasons you described...fun stuff...:) Great job suggesting the curls of the hat/hair

Equus Art
02-14-2017, 07:47 PM
Very nice work. The texture the ground makes does give it a nice, loose feel. Colors are lovely.


02-15-2017, 12:16 PM
Very nice. Great texture and spotlighting the yellow. :)

02-15-2017, 06:01 PM
Wonderful painting. Pam :wave:

02-16-2017, 06:20 PM
Thanks everyone!
I hope others will be inspired to play with the panels and ground - do need to sand them or they are too rough. The amount of sanding is a guessing game - have to play around and try it :)

02-17-2017, 02:45 PM
Fun texture! The headdress and lighting on her face are lovely. This is the texture Ellen Eagle uses in her work. In her book, Pastel Painting Atelier, she gives her formula for the gesso mixture she uses to create her linen like texture.

Charles Perera
02-18-2017, 12:19 PM
Enjoyable watching it.

02-18-2017, 08:00 PM
Yes! I got her (Ellen Eagle) book for X-mas and made some panels and been playing around - I think I have improved a lot! The panels are easy to make. Stroke on the gesso left-right, dry with hair dryer (takes about 1-2 minutes). Then repaint up-down and dry. Sand to personal preference.