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vhere
05-07-2017, 01:33 PM
Testing a Strathmore sketchbook 9x12 ins. A friend has been using one for sketching plein air in pastel and I thought I would try one out. I already knew the paper was very lightweight, which i don't like. I like heavy paper like Stillman and Birn. I do like the tan colour and the tooth though.

So experiments to see what I can manage to use with it .................


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2017/53888-strathmore_wet_and_dry_pastel_testing.jpg

This was using pastel wet and dry - creating washes with the pastel + water and drawing into wet washes, as well as simply using pastel dry on dry paper. The paper does buckle as expected but it is rather nice. A steam iron on the back would probably fix it - another test to do :cat:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2017/53888-strathmore_dry_pastel_testing.jpg

straightforward dry pastels, nice toothy surface, not sure how many layers it will allow .... any information from those who use it would be appreciated :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2017/53888-strathmore_samples.jpg

anything and everything tried out to see what I can get away with


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2017/53888-strathmore_tessting_mix_med_crop.jpg

Working from a plein air sketch in a sketchbook, with watercolour, inidian ink, white acrylic ink.black conte pencil and pastel. Again it buckled with water but probably would flatten if steam ironed?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2017/53888-coast_road_strathmore_bk.jpg

and one shown previously but now worked on further - coloured pencil, ink, little water soluble graphite and aubergine Derwent tinted charcoal

I do like the colour and the tooth but do wish it was twice the weight. So please Strathmore make a better quality book or S&B please make a book with tinted paper?

eyepaint
05-10-2017, 08:32 PM
The second piece, if larger, could be a piece of modern art :)

vhere
05-11-2017, 02:04 AM
yes :) I really loved those colour combinations

Joan T
05-12-2017, 08:19 PM
Looks like you're road testing it well!

laudesan
05-13-2017, 09:10 AM
Absolutely fabulous work! xx

vhere
05-14-2017, 08:01 AM
thank you :)

so yesterday I went to a still life workshop with a group I belong to. It's not my usual subject, especially formal set ups. The following are fast pieces, in oil paint in an A3 sketch pad of canvas paper for oils/acrylics.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2017/53888-still_life_pear_with_Scott_Bridgewood.jpg

and

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2017/53888-still_life_with_scott_bridgewood.jpg

eyepaint
05-14-2017, 11:40 AM
Love that second one in particular. The strokes and colours on the apple, and the reflections on the silver carafe :)

vhere
05-19-2017, 05:30 AM
thanks :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2017/53888-bluebell_in_woody_pencil.jpg

a very quick sketch of a bluebell using that Woody watersoluble pencil

vhere
05-19-2017, 01:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2017/53888-moor_detail_partway_2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2017/53888-moor_detail_partway.jpg

fragments of a work in progress - oil on a 2x3 foot canvas for the whole. It has a little way to go yet, it has to dry before I can do more to it (luckily using Griffin Alkyds so that's tomorrow :) )

It's from a watercolour plein air done on the moor in Cornwall with approaching rain from the Atlantic

Wanting to get the late summer/early autumn colours and mood

eyepaint
05-19-2017, 06:59 PM
Ooooh!

Vivien Maloney
05-21-2017, 05:06 AM
I always love your experiments Vivien. And that silver pot is gorgeous!

Joan T
05-21-2017, 08:36 AM
Great pieces...I particularly like the one of the teapot. Wonderful light and reflections!

vhere
05-22-2017, 08:42 AM
Thank you :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2017/53888-sunset_detail_partway.jpg

fragment of another one, work in progress, a way to go

eyepaint
05-22-2017, 10:27 AM
Ooh so moody :)

Monastic Bat
05-22-2017, 12:00 PM
Vivien, your work is always so interesting and beautiful, whatever the medium.
Regards
Greg.

laudesan
05-27-2017, 06:30 AM
Beautiful work Vivien xx

vhere
05-27-2017, 06:42 AM
awww thank you :)

Joan T
05-28-2017, 08:55 PM
Great start to this seascape.

vhere
05-30-2017, 12:18 PM
thanks :)

this one is almost finished - 24 in square, oil on canvas from sketch in sketchbook, done plein air.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2017/53888-road_down_from_the_moor_almost_finished_lt_hse.jpg

Monastic Bat
05-30-2017, 01:52 PM
Very nice work, I really like the soft greens and aerial perspective.
Regards,
Greg

Joan T
06-05-2017, 01:55 PM
I'm ready to walk right into that sunny scene.

vhere
06-08-2017, 05:00 PM
Tbanks - maybe not this one then! Approaching rain, An area of moorland I'm very fond of in Cornwall


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2017/53888-approaching_rain_moor_ADJ.jpg

hard to photograph, the pale yellowish patch of sky is a little paler. 24x36inch canvas

eyepaint
06-08-2017, 08:40 PM
Ooooh!

vhere
06-18-2017, 09:05 AM
went to a great workshop today on abstraction and mark making - so much fun :) - no finished work. just experiments with gesso, sand, monoprinting and much much more :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2017/53888-Publication2.jpg

Monastic Bat
06-18-2017, 12:11 PM
Vivien, it sounds like fun. All of these images are pretty cool, I think the center right image appeals most to me.
Regards,
Greg.

eyepaint
06-18-2017, 02:48 PM
Fun fun fun!

provenceaquarelle
06-18-2017, 04:38 PM
Great work! Thank you.

vhere
06-19-2017, 11:08 AM
it was fun :) nothing there is finished - just experiments and really quick beginnings. The centre right one was worked on more but way off finished Greg :),

Soupcan
06-21-2017, 10:21 PM
Just browsing through the images & artwork here. So impressed by such beautiful creations. Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

vhere
06-22-2017, 06:49 AM
Thank you all for the lovely comments :)