View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketches 24 - 30 Nov

11-24-2003, 02:41 AM
Well, not only did last week's sketch thread feature many different subjects - dogs, bongos, architecture, woodland, brussels sprouts, landscapes, sunsets, fruit, poinsettias and lilies - it also showcased a surprising variety of materials and techniques. There were sketches done with soft and hard pastels ... pastel pencils ... charcoal ... oil pastels (applied with turps, Q-tips, brushes), Neocolors (using Colour Shapers) and pastel dust egg tempera!

If you missed all the fun, you'll find the thread here:


For the purposes of this thread, the week starts afresh each Monday. The idea is to pick up your pastels and paint as many times as you like during the week, but within a given time limit, eg. 25-30 minutes, 40-45 minutes, or one hour. Time yourself, and as soon as your time's up, STOP, and share your efforts with us here.

The aim is to get the essentials down on paper without fretting about detail. The exercise is probably most valuable if you can sketch from life but feel free to use a ref photo if you prefer. You can also post any pastel quickies you do during the week even if they're not done specifically for this thread.

EVERYONE is welcome to participate! No critiques will be given unless you request them, making this a safe place in which to develop your pastel skills, whatever your level. It's all about sharpening your observational skills and making friends with your pastels! :)

11-24-2003, 03:43 AM
D'oh! Subject line should of course read '24' not '14' ... I will ask a moderator to change it!

11-25-2003, 12:00 AM
for the Sargent project
30 minutes


Deborah Secor
11-25-2003, 11:40 AM
I love the colors in this one Pam. I'm going to have to look at that project ...

I'm on a very tight deadline for the PJ (the contest issue--big secret, can't say who won... hee hee...you're gonna love it) so you won't see me for a couple of weeks except for the ocasional drop-in. I'll be lurking, you betcha.

Have a great week!

11-25-2003, 03:38 PM

better photo...

11-25-2003, 05:28 PM
Pam, just 30 mins? Don't even speak to me :D I am plodding along with my own entry for the Sargent project ... wondering what on earth possessed me to do it in oil pastels!

Deborah, sounds intriguing. I got my latest issue of PJ yesterday and have devoured most of it ... I'm saving your article till last :)

11-25-2003, 05:44 PM
Oooo, Pam, that's wild ! :clap: Love the use of the red ground.

I'll probably be too busy to paint anything this week. :(
I'm still at work (5:45 pm) and should be working. It's term end, and I have 180 sets of marks to calculate and notebooks to mark.
You can cheer me up with your work!

11-25-2003, 08:46 PM
I love this. Great colours. I doubt Ill get anything done this week either, too much else going on.

11-25-2003, 08:58 PM
This bowl of apples destined for thanksgiving dinner was begging to be painted, so here is my weekly scrumple...9"x9", Yarka pastels on LaCarte paper.....25 minutes.

11-26-2003, 05:04 AM
Preston - lovely shiny apples for just 25 mins. The orange and blue work really well!

11-26-2003, 07:50 AM
That's yummy, preston! And in 25 minutes !

11-26-2003, 11:49 AM
thanks, all....I am dying to do more, but this is a really busy week around here

Preston...lovely apples

11-26-2003, 02:11 PM
Hi ewveryone,

Its so nice to see these great paintings, love the couple, my fingers are itchy to do pastels again and i miss it, the weather is so nice here for november thinking of going outside, while the sun is still shining, HOPE to send something through,

Kathryn Wilson
11-26-2003, 04:23 PM
Pampe: Wonderful color in this painting - very mysterious figures you have there!

Preston: I love your apples - BTW, welcome to the Pastel Forum! Can you tell me what the object is behind the apples on the left - not quite getting what that is. Looking forward to seeing many more from you!

Dee - now you've done it! How can we all wait - I hope it's someone from WC!

11-26-2003, 08:35 PM
Kyle...the object to the left of the drawing is a glazed ceramic pitcher....and I admit, it is not identifiable on screen or in person.

I just got a digital camera and a lap top, so I am looking forward to being more active as far as posting. For several weeks I have been slinking around WC and been learning lots!


Kathryn Wilson
11-26-2003, 08:43 PM
Sooooo, you been "lurking" eh - we have all done that - now good for you that you have joined us!!

Now that you have identified the object to the left, I can see what it is - there is an optical illusion somewhere there - it may be with that very dark color - you might want to add some reflective color in there so that it recedes back to where it belongs.

I just keep looking at the apples and the background - all very well done.

11-27-2003, 04:10 AM
I won't have time to paint tonight, but in the spirit of Jamie's 21-day challenge (see the Creativity Corner) I have managed to fit in 15 mins' sketching time before work! A real quickie, then: this little guy is Spiros, he's made of soapstone and he sits on a shelf in the living room.


Happy Thanskgiving to everyone in the US :)

11-27-2003, 03:50 PM

Good for you, EJ!!!

11-27-2003, 05:32 PM
Hi everyone,

I´m typiong here in plastic gloves and a tissue at hand, i couldn´t help but get my pastels out of the cellar, i just had to join in again, its 15 minutes, unfortunately a lot of it is cropped cos the paper is very big but i´m sending it anyway, its supposed to be a scene of buildings in the distance and a couple of people on the beach, unfortunately they are not in the pic, but its my first pastel in a long time, any comments welcome, i hope i can do more :)

11-27-2003, 09:09 PM
Wow, great apples and Sargent pieces, EJ's adorable little sculpture, and the landscape.....this is a Happenin' Place. :)

EJ, I did that experiment for you with the oil pastels over the Neocolor IIs. I had used turp and a Q-tip to blend the Neocolors and lift out some wax. Still, I had done it on such cheap smooth paper (Strathmore 400 smooth bristol board) that I couldn't get more layers of Neocolors to take. The OPs went right over the top, no problem. They adhered very well, blended fine, and gave the piece so much more depth! I only spent about 10 minutes adding the oil pastels and blending with a Color Shaper. For comparison's sake, here is the sketch (5X7") with just the Neocolor IIs:

And after adding the oil pastels (Caran d'Ache Neopastels):


11-28-2003, 04:07 AM
Patricia, welcome back to pastels! Nice to see you in here. Wish we could see the whole of your pic. If you scan the part that's missing and post it up, I'm sure one of us can piece it together for you.

Jamie, WOW, the oil pastels really added zing to your sunset. You make me feel lazy for not trying it myself :rolleyes: I didn't want to try it on my Sargent copy in case they didn't adhere. That red in your picture is gorgeous - it just glows now!!

11-28-2003, 06:38 PM
I replaced one of my useless Winsor & Newton reds with a Sennelier, just to try. It is amazingly vibrant, velvety and REALLY messy!! So here come three randomish objects from my kitchen, all with a 'red' theme. This is one hour on dark olive green 'Tints' paper and for a change I used strictly soft pastels only - no Nupastels or Conté sticks.


11-28-2003, 06:43 PM
hi all! i haven't been pasteling too much. i've been in the cp forum but

pampe- love the texture in your picture
flower- love the sweeping motions in the beach scene
EJ- Great Still life and i love spiros
jamie- what a warm sunset

if i missed anyone sorry- all great pieces!

11-29-2003, 11:43 AM
This sketch took 50 mins and is a study for a possible painting.


11-29-2003, 04:11 PM

Mz thanks for your comments :)

E-J love your kitchen scene and your possible painting :)
Jamie, what a beautiful scene, love the reds on the water

11-29-2003, 06:56 PM
Well, I have managed to do a real quick sketch of some foxgloves in my garden. I used three different mediums - grapphite pencil, pastel pencil and coloured pencil. I even sprayed fixative on it, which is something I almost never do. A real experiment and quite surprisingly - fun! AND E-J, congratulate me - I did it in just 10 -15mins!
By the way - an interesting lot of sketches this week and well done. I wish I could paint apples or anything loosely like those Preston.
Do any of you feel you've improved since sketching for these weekly threads? Just curious. I feel a bit more motivated to try new things now.

Kathryn Wilson
11-29-2003, 07:31 PM
Hi Carol: Lovely pastel work there - looks very loose and free. I think you'll find that doing sketches quickly can be lots of fun!

You might even think about joining the Weekend Drawing Event held every weekend and hosted by the drawing/sketching folks. Lots of quick work and loads of imagination.

Look up the abstracts done this weekend under the WC Gallery in the Forum menu.

11-29-2003, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by kyle

Look up the abstracts done this weekend under the WC Gallery in the Forum menu.

<Jamie hit self upside the head> DUH!!! I can't believe I totally forgot about this! Thanks for the reminder, Kat.

Carol, I love the loose foxgloves. I too find that regular sketching, regardless of the medium, makes me more adventurous and less intimidated.

EJ, I love the container in the kitchen sketch. Is that one OPs or soft? The apple pepper mill cracked me up. I love the textures in that sketch, and the unified color scheme.


11-30-2003, 09:50 AM
Carol, woo hooo!! Great going on your quickie sketch!! :clap:

As to your question ...

Do any of you feel you've improved since sketching for these weekly threads? Just curious. I feel a bit more motivated to try new things now.

... I can only answer it by suggesting you take a look at the very first Weekly Sketch thread, which was started by sunny in Feb of this year. I happened to have just bought some soft pastels and desperately wanted guidance with them. The answer was simply to get using them! The first object I used them to sketch directly from life was an egg. Here's the thread, in case you're really curious:


My concentration isn't always there (as frankly you can see from some of my sketches THIS week!) but when it is, I am capable of stuff that no way could I have attempted before regular sketching started to build up my confidence - like this still life:


The reason I open this thread each week is because I believe that pastel sketching can be a truly valuable and helpful exercise! :)

11-30-2003, 09:52 AM
Originally posted by E-J


EJ, this link did not work for me. :(


11-30-2003, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by JamieWG
[B]EJ, I love the container in the kitchen sketch. Is that one OPs or soft? The apple pepper mill cracked me up. I love the textures in that sketch, and the unified color scheme.

Cheers Jamie! All of my sketches above are in soft pastels.

I did a 40-min plein air today! Stood in a muddy field juggling a handful of conté sticks and a small pad of Ingres.


11-30-2003, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by JamieWG
EJ, this link did not work for me. :(

Oh poo ... I wonder why? :confused: Try this one, Jamie:


11-30-2003, 06:13 PM
Hi Carol,
Just to answer your question, i started doing pastels in february of this year and had no idea, i joined in the sketch i think everyday till summer, and it has been a tremendous help, not only doing the sketches but the enthusiasm and encouragement from everyone here, would really recommend it :)

12-01-2003, 04:10 PM
Ok folk I think I'm sold then. I will try my best. I shall take a wander over to the sketching forum and have a look over their shoulders as well...
Gosh you have done well EJ. That latest still life is fab.
We were also going 'wow' over the snow photos in that thead! Glad I don't live there in Pennsylvania! (Nic wishes he were).
Flower thank you for answering my question as well. Yep - we's family in this-here thread - that's for sure. Look - we've even got a cat

12-01-2003, 05:26 PM
Hi Carol,

Yep it is a family and i love cats too, love yours :) I look in different forums too, cos my teacher told me what i´m best at so i try to concentrate on those mediums, but it dosn´t matter where you land, there all helpful and friendly, good luck carol i´m sure we´ll see a lot of each other :)