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A Few Pigments
01-23-2005, 02:52 AM


Title: In Homage To Rosalba Carriera
Year Created: 2005
Medium: Pastel
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 13 5/16 x 17 5/16 inches
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

1675-1757, Rosalba Carriera, Italian Rococo Era Painter, was the first to make consistent use of Pastel.

Artcyclopedia: http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/carriera_rosalba.html

This is my first finished pastel portrait. Iím using a very limited range of pastels here. Just a few of the colors from two 12 color basic sets of pastels and 4 grays with black and white. How do you think I did?

01-23-2005, 09:57 AM
imagine appplying color and leaving no linear strokes ever.

01-23-2005, 10:02 AM

I think you did very very well. Love the use of colour. Your lights/shadows are super. All his features are very well done. I have no crits. Just beautiful.

Linda :wave:

01-23-2005, 10:16 AM
Hi Bruce

Thi is very well done so far. I am hoping to see you use some of the fabric colour in the skin areas. Your choice of subject matter is excellent for a study in how one can obtain drama through simplicity.

Cheers, Dianna

01-23-2005, 01:23 PM
Well done Bruce. I agree with Dianna about the skin tones, although you will know what your own intention was here.


01-23-2005, 02:04 PM
You did very well indeed ! Wish I were more comfortable with pastels (oh that dust ...!)
BTW did Rosalba have two different colored eyes ? Just curious ... :wink2:

A Few Pigments
01-23-2005, 06:02 PM
Jerry, I canít imagine that, but I think I might have once.

Linda, Rosalba is a her, but it doesnít really matter. Thank you for your compliment.

Dianna, I might work on this one again, but I have 3 other pastels I need to finish including another portrait by Carriera. I donít even want to think about all the oil paintings I have to finish, plus the watercolors. I need an apprentice.

Mikey, this is a strange picture to work from. When I was working on it from my monitor the flesh tones didnít look this orange. After I uploaded the original I could see how pale mine looked. I suppose I should change mine someday.

Gilberte, thank you for compliment. I donít know if Rosalba had different colored eyes or not. Here is a self portrait of her holding a portrait of her sister in 1715
And here is a self portrait of her as winter in 1731
The eyes seem to be the same color in these two portraits so the mystery continues. May be she just ran out of brown pastels when she painted the portrait I did. I donít know.

01-23-2005, 06:13 PM
Hi Bruce, so often I get the photo ready for upload and when I see it in IE browser it is quite different. At time I have to go back and adjust the colour.


Wayne Gaudon
01-23-2005, 07:41 PM
nice study ..

01-23-2005, 09:22 PM
Don't I feel foolish especially with a name like Rosalba. I looked again and I see the woman in her but in those days it was not always so obvious, I think.
Anyway it's a beautiful work.

hi hi hi, Sorry :o

01-23-2005, 11:53 PM
I think you did wonderfully considering it's your first. I agree about the fabric colors in the skin tones and maybe toning down the blue eye a bit. ;)