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E-J
05-10-2004, 08:21 AM
Welcome to the Weekly Pastel Sketches!

This thread starts afresh every Monday, and is open to all members of the Pastel forum, from newbie to pro. Its aim is to encourage us all to fit some pastelling into our week by doing relatively quick studies which take anything up to an hour. Set your timer for 25 mins, 45, 60, or anywhere in between, let the pastel dust fly and when your time is up, STOP, and share your efforts with us here!

Regular sketching to a time limit sharpens your observational skills and forces you to make rapid decisions as you explore ways of using your pastels. Feel free to post as many of your sketches as you like. This thread is NOT about having to produce a masterpiece, but about getting your fingers gunky and having a go! Sketch directly from life or from a photo - it's up to you.

There were some great offerings last week:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2304598

Happy pastelling :)

Paula Ford
05-11-2004, 07:50 AM
Here's a little one, 6"x3" on the sample of Wallis paper that Kitty sent me (inspired by Elizabeth Mowry). Actually did this one in the last couple of weeks, but thought I'd share it with you here.
Thanks for looking.
Paula

E-J
05-11-2004, 08:08 AM
Oh Paula, that's cute. I like the treatment of the flowers - simple but effective. How did you enjoy Kitty's paper? :)

Paula Ford
05-11-2004, 10:25 AM
Hi E-J,

Thank you!! I love Kitty's paper so much that I'll never go back to anything else. Recently I saw a sales flyer that Wallis paper was $16.00 for a pad of ten, but for the life of me, I can't remember who it was!! LOL

Paula

Khadres
05-11-2004, 10:48 AM
Hi E-J,

Thank you!! I love Kitty's paper so much that I'll never go back to anything else. Recently I saw a sales flyer that Wallis paper was $16.00 for a pad of ten, but for the life of me, I can't remember who it was!! LOL

Paula

Too bad we can't get Curry's to carry Wallis, eh? I still haven't cut into the roll I bought! I've got it leaning up against the corner downstairs and feel very "rich" just looking at it! It's very strange the way a stash of good paper draws one to the easel, isn't it?

I really like these little paintings you're doing...does this make it easier for you to fit in some artwork in between work and all the rest of the daily grind?

Paula Ford
05-11-2004, 12:04 PM
Too bad we can't get Curry's to carry Wallis, eh? I still haven't cut into the roll I bought! I've got it leaning up against the corner downstairs and feel very "rich" just looking at it! It's very strange the way a stash of good paper draws one to the easel, isn't it?

I really like these little paintings you're doing...does this make it easier for you to fit in some artwork in between work and all the rest of the daily grind?

Hey Sooz, Thank you
Sometimes it's hard to fit in. Sometimes I'm just too tired at the end of the day. But, if I start painting, it regenerizes me and I end up staying up late and the next day am exhausted. What a vicious cycle LOL.

Sooz, do you know of any good sales on Wallis paper? Yup it would be great if Curry's had Wallis paper. They have such good prices.

Paula

bodhigirl
05-11-2004, 12:18 PM
Sorry to butt in...but I'm a big Wallis convert myself. Jerry's Artarama has it on sale..the 18 x 24 sheets for $5.99, and the bigger ones are $11.99. The plein air pads are on sale too. Just thought you'd like to know.. I just stocked up, and the shipping was pretty quick!

prestonsega
05-11-2004, 01:20 PM
I'm finally able to post pics...This is the 1 hour sketch from last week...Since I am just now able to post, I put it here...

This is the backside of my studio. The sun was beautiful, but I couldn't catch the glow like I have seen in other works. I think it is worth pursuing to a completed state.

Meldy
05-11-2004, 02:00 PM
Nicely done. I really like that window.

SweetBabyJ
05-11-2004, 02:09 PM
welcome back, Preston! Nice way to come back, too!

Sunglow's easy- except for the fact it doesn't look like sunglow unless you get the shadows in there to contrast it. Problem is, sunglow is usually a warm-yellow-family tinge (like a peach) and shadows are usually a cool bluish-family tinge- like a lilac. While those two hues play off each other marvelously, they make gray REAL easy, and you have to be careful to not let either of them go to pink, or you lose the contrast.

Despite what you aren't seeing, though, I see a good deal of sunglow in this- and some intricate patterning of light and shadow. And for an hour- well, geeeez! I'd still be drawing lines and worrying angles. You done good- "bless your heart".

Hahahahaha! Diane~~

Paula Ford
05-11-2004, 03:34 PM
Sorry to butt in...but I'm a big Wallis convert myself. Jerry's Artarama has it on sale..the 18 x 24 sheets for $5.99, and the bigger ones are $11.99. The plein air pads are on sale too. Just thought you'd like to know.. I just stocked up, and the shipping was pretty quick!

Hi Heather, You're not butting in!! Thank you for the information. I really like smaller sheets...10 per package 9x12. Anything bigger than that scares me LOL. It's funny that I can make my own clothes, but can't cut a square!! LOL

Hey Preston, I love your painting!!
Paula

E-J
05-11-2004, 05:01 PM
I've got two 40-minute sketches to share.

Firstly, a 'for-fun' plein air which I didn't include in my thread about the Lakes because it's slightly different from the other pics my trip inspired. It's 9x6" Neocolor II crayons on Ingres paper and is of hills somewhere over Lake Ullswater.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2004/13865-12_7may04.jpg

These apples are tonight's offering, sketched from life, 9x12" soft pastels on Colourfix.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2004/13865-11may04.jpg

Preston, you accomplished so much in an hour! That warm light's working for me.

Khadres
05-11-2004, 05:08 PM
Oooo! Love the studio one! Don't know what you're complaining about...it looks like a lovely sunny/dappled shade morning to me!

Interesting that you use the Neocolor IIs without any water, EJ. I keep intending to try those for underpainting sometime, but want to use 'em for washes. I love the apples too! Boy, everybody's actually getting stuff DONE around here! Sighhhhhhhh

OK, the dust/hairballs get my attention for the rest of today, but tomorrow is MINE!

E-J
05-11-2004, 05:24 PM
Interesting that you use the Neocolor IIs without any water, EJ.

I've always preferred the water-soluble versions of coloured pencils and crayons as they seem softer somehow.

OK, the dust/hairballs get my attention for the rest of today, but tomorrow is MINE!

Sooz, if you're going to be cleaning up dustballs, why not make it worth your while and create a bit MORE dust before you do? :D As for hairballs ... use them as a blending tool? :p

prestonsega
05-11-2004, 05:34 PM
EJ....your apples look like my kitchen counter right now...we're having apple salad....Maybe tonight we will call it "EJ Salad".....Beautiful! are they red delish, rome or granny what's-her-name??

I got my new sale paper today from Dakota Pastel and they also have Wallis on sale.....$60/pack of 10...(save $15)..and wouldn't you know it I just ordered last 6 sheets last week at full price!!!!!

E-J
05-11-2004, 05:47 PM
are they red delish, rome or granny what's-her-name??

You mean you can't tell from my sketch? ;) They're Royal Gala, apparently! Might try painting them again tomorrow, at a more leisurely pace.

I ordered some Wallis from Dakota too, a couple of weeks ago. Grrr.

Khadres
05-11-2004, 06:04 PM
EJ....your apples look like my kitchen counter right now...we're having apple salad....Maybe tonight we will call it "EJ Salad".....Beautiful! are they red delish, rome or granny what's-her-name??

I got my new sale paper today from Dakota Pastel and they also have Wallis on sale.....$60/pack of 10...(save $15)..and wouldn't you know it I just ordered last 6 sheets last week at full price!!!!!

Arghhhhhhhhh! Dont'cha hate that??? Yeah, I noticed the rolls are cheaper now that I already ordered one at the normal price. grrrrrrrr

EJ, you have a point about the dust and hairballs, but right now I've got rather an oversupply of both! Besides, I feel so guilty if I don't at least make a stab at housework once in a while....and it's been awhile....:D

prestonsega
05-11-2004, 09:42 PM
EJ......I don't think we get Royal Gayla apples.....and I don't know one apple from another anyway.('cept green, red, or rotten :D )...I decided to delay dinner long enough (45 min.) to sketch my Rome (least that's what the label said) apples.

9"x 12" Sennelier /Schmincke on Wallis

(Now that I have posted on screen,...they look like tomatoes!!!!oh well!

E-J
05-12-2004, 04:37 AM
Preston, these are beautiful - great work! They make mine look like cricket balls :rolleyes:

I do wish I'd bought a couple of Unison dark reds when I had the chance to try them out last week ...

prestonsega
05-12-2004, 12:38 PM
The apple sketch was the first painting in which I started out using my new Schmincke darks...."push the darks" is the pastelist battlecry...I felt like I was at the wheel of an 8 cylindar automobile after being used to driving a 2 cylindar hybrid....what a difference!

sundiver
05-12-2004, 01:57 PM
Computer probs at home plus extreme busybusy stuff at work means I haven't even lurked in here in Pastel Land all week, let alone posted. :(
But here's 3 little plein airs, not very good but proof of some effort at least. Are the Cray-Pas Specialist pastels to blame? Or the fact that in all 3 I was waiting for somebody and had little choice of a setup? Or a half-hearted effort? Probably some of each. All are o.p.s, 5x7
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2004/6393-plnair_Ftn1.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2004/6393-plnairFtn2.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2004/6393-pleinairUNBSJ.jpg
There goes the bell- I haven't even had a chance to see your sketches! Later!

pampe
05-12-2004, 02:17 PM
45 minutes, but it's not done so I posted in in anither thread also:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2004/4054-California.jpg

Stoy Jones
05-12-2004, 02:41 PM
Lol..the Apple thread!! :D E-J & Preston, great job on them!! My wife bakes those Romes and I made a mistake of biting in to a raw one..Lol! We get Gaylas and they are much sweeter than the red delicious...sheesh, now you have me talking produce!

Paula, what a serene sketch!! None of those headsplitting tunes, please ;) :D

Wendy, as always, great looking work and amazingly prolithic!

Pampe, great looking colors!

prestonsega
05-12-2004, 02:48 PM
Wendy...great sketches..particularly the 2nd one....the painterly style instantly reminded me of Monet's (?)cathederal series......the colors in the 3rd work have a sense of forboding mystery...I gotta get some ops.

Pampe...your work is, in contrast to Wendy's stormy sky, so bright and sunny...Such warmth.....and colorful shadows..also very painterly.....be sure to show the finished work.

Paula..I just realized I have not addressed your sketch....it is just that you consistantly produce such good work that I feel my comments tend to be inadequate...

Gosh I love this thread!..the works all have a wonderful freshness.....

sundiver
05-12-2004, 03:49 PM
E-J and Preston- those apples...wow!!! Yummy! I finally got a minute to actually look at the thread I posted to lol.
Paula's landscape: lovely little thing; and yeah I'm now hooked on Wallis too. Pam, I love the colors.
E-J, and Preston , great plein airs. E-J I have to check out your trip thread when I can. Preston, about the sunglow (which is pretty good already IMO): ask Jackie; that's right up her alley.
A teacher cam in this aft and saw my plein airs kicking around, loved the first one I posted today, so I gave it to her. I was just gonna cover it with acrylic varnish so I could paint on the back anyway! Go figure.

Paula Ford
05-12-2004, 03:56 PM
Paula, what a serene sketch!! None of those headsplitting tunes, please ;) :D

giggle giggle giggle...gotcha!! :evil: :D
Was wondering where you've been Stoy!

It really is the apple thread. E-J & Preston, your apples are so delicious looking!!! LOL, no E-J, yours DON'T look like cricket balls!!

Preston, you are so sweet, thank you so much!!

Sundiver, Very nice paintings. All of your colors are so harmonious!!

Pampe, I agree with Stoy, these are such great looking colors and it is really coming along nicely!!

pampe
05-13-2004, 10:30 AM
thanks, all, I need to get back to it....

love the apples!!!

E-J
05-14-2004, 05:55 PM
Pam, looking good so far! I will seek out your thread and find out how you're progressing. Good to see you haven't abandoned your pastels - and by the way, how are the water-soluble oils working out for you?

Wendy, you've been hugely productive as usual! You often sound disappointed or a bit 'blah' about your pictures and I'm starting to realise that this is simply the nature of plein air - it's largely a spontaneous act and you try to wing it and sometimes you soar and other times you plummet. I mean 'you' in the general sense - yours always look terrific to me!

pampe
05-14-2004, 08:09 PM
E-J...every few days I have to do a watercolor to remind myself I know A LEETLE teensy bit...the oils and pastels are humbling me beyond words :rolleyes:

bnoonan
05-14-2004, 08:17 PM
Just dropped in for a quick look and a compliment to all of you who stick to the warm ups and quick draw/paints. It's paying off.

Preston - love the door - great landscape Pam - EJ - lovely apples - I mean they match anything I've seen in competition pieces. now who have I forgotten.... Oh of course Wendy.

Wendy - how many are you up to now? close to 100 yet or was it more than that?

Spoiled myself and bought a whole roll of wallis - wow!~! gotta get more commissions now. B

Khadres
05-15-2004, 01:47 PM
Just dropped in for a quick look and a compliment to all of you who stick to the warm ups and quick draw/paints. It's paying off.

Preston - love the door - great landscape Pam - EJ - lovely apples - I mean they match anything I've seen in competition pieces. now who have I forgotten.... Oh of course Wendy.

Wendy - how many are you up to now? close to 100 yet or was it more than that?

Spoiled myself and bought a whole roll of wallis - wow!~! gotta get more commissions now. B

I've got a lovely roll of Wallis waiting downstairs, too! So far, I'm fearful of cutting into it! It's so beautiful and pristine, etc. Well.....the real reason is that I only have one place in the house where I can cut on it and that's piled high with typical "junk". A friend of mine gave me a new motto the other day...I don't dare use the real words here, but you'll get the idea....:D


"Some stuff is really neat s#@t....some stuff is just...s#@t; the problem is that sometimes I can't tell the difference!" (this came up in a discussion of cleaning out garages and basements, btw)