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Paula Ford
07-25-2005, 05:57 AM
Good Morning Pastelists! Happy Monday morning to all of you!

The Weekly Pastel Sketch thread is for ALL pastelists, whether you are using soft or hard pastels, oil pastels, or pastel pencils. This thread is for ALL skill levels.

The idea is to fit some sketching time into your week by completing a sketch in one hour or less. You can sketch anything, whether it be from life or photos.
You can sketch for 5 minutes, or up to an hour, it’s up to you. It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 60 minutes. You know how time flies when you’re creating! So, get your pastels out, set a timer, and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us!!

We had a wonderful time in last week’s thread. Here it is if you’d like to go look at the wonderful sketches. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283140 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283140)

Please visit the Image Library to see hundreds of great photos! http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/ (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/)

Have LOTS of fun and I look forward to seeing all of your sketches!!

Paula Ford
07-25-2005, 06:02 AM
Cori, I didn't want anyone to miss your lovely flower!

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Re: Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread July 18 - 24
It seem slike so long since i had time to do a pastel sketch...You guys have some fabulous sketches in here...

Here is my 1 hr attempt at the WDE this week.

Island Lady
approx 9 X 12 on colourfix (softies)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jul-2005/47843-islandlady.jpg

I probably won't do more on it. It was more or less a study to see if it might work much larger and I don't think it will. I need to do a larger floral for in my guest room so I will have to keep looking :)
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khourianya
07-25-2005, 08:15 AM
Thanks Paula, for cross posting it for me. I realized just before I went to bed that I should do that ion the morning...

HarvestMoon
07-25-2005, 09:40 AM
Cori- what kind of flower is that- it is really nice - I am terrible at flower names.... but is that one the bird of paridise?

Khadres
07-25-2005, 10:59 AM
Yep, that's what it is and a beautiful one to boot!

khourianya
07-25-2005, 11:08 AM
yep - that's a bird of paradise.

Thanks guys - I had fun doing it.

jerseybarb
07-25-2005, 06:15 PM
Nice Bird of Paradise!

Heres more from the reference library, done in about 15 minutes on my lunch break

khourianya
07-25-2005, 06:20 PM
Love the elephant, Barb! I think your sketches could be made into beautiful childrens books! Especially your cats and bunnies...

jerseybarb
07-25-2005, 06:30 PM
Love the elephant, Barb! I think your sketches could be made into beautiful childrens books! Especially your cats and bunnies...

LOL I've never done a bunny! Now I will have to try

scall0way
07-25-2005, 08:59 PM
Well if Cori can do a beautiful bird of paradise picture I guess i can do a flower too! This is taken from a reference photo that I took last year when I got my new digital camera, and was trying our various "arty" affects with it. LOL.

I had a coupon in the mail from the local Jerry's, for a 25% off sale that ends the end of July, so I went there yesterday and got a bunch of expensive stuff I've been pining over or thinking about. I got a small lightweight easel that I can use for plein air painting, some Wallis paper, some Art Spectrum colorfix paper, a small set of half-stick Rembrandts - and of course afterwards I thought of other things I should have gotten, but too late now and the coupon was a one-time-only deal.

So anyway, I had to try stuff out, so I did this picture tonight - on a 9x12 sheet of Art Spectrum colorfix paper of fairly dark blue color, and I used my new Rembrants as well as my trusty NuPastels, and my Senneliers. The Senneliers worked quite nicely on this paper.

Debbie C.

khourianya
07-25-2005, 09:07 PM
LOL I've never done a bunny! Now I will have to try

:eek: Colour me embarrased. I was sure you had done some bunnies last week... oh well, if I inspired you, that's all that matters. I think you owuld do a lovely job of them.

Debbie - your lillies have blown me away. Those senelliers work much better on a sanded paper so i am sure you will get your use out of them yet. You should take some of that wallis to your next figure class...you will be amazed at your results I bet.

Paula Ford
07-25-2005, 09:15 PM
Barb, Do you print out the photos and take them to work with you? Your animal sketches are always great! It would literally take me 3 hours to do what you have achieved in 15 minutes!

Debbie, Your lillies are beautiful! Cori is absolutely right. Senniliers are always much better to work with on sanded paper. Just remember, if you try Wallis, you'll never go back to anything else!

jerseybarb
07-26-2005, 07:36 AM
Barb, Do you print out the photos and take them to work with you? Your animal sketches are always great! It would literally take me 3 hours to do what you have achieved in 15 minutes!



Thank you all for your comments. Yes I print out the photos and bring them to work


Like the lilies Debbie!

scall0way
07-26-2005, 11:32 AM
I keep meaning to take breaks to practice pastels at work too, but never remember, and of course it would mean having to have my pastels there ... Maybe I'll just have to buy a small set I could keep at my desk. And I could look at the reference library too. Then I could have fun doing cats and elephants, etc. in living color, like jerseybarb, instead of pencil sketches of my own hand or my coffee mug or telephone, LOL.

Debbie C.

HarvestMoon
07-26-2005, 08:38 PM
Barb- I love the elephant- and will try to take a picture of our bunny when he is doing his little dance... your proportions are always totally accurate- I finish something, then notice it is all off...

Debbie- wow- what wonderful flowers! and the background is great! You can stop taking lessons now ;) so I can take a few years to catch up...

I am still cleaning, and wondering how to do something nice (and easy) with colored minerals or stone beads or something in it- without having to draw a human!!

Cori- not that I look at it again, isn't that the orange color discussed in the jumbo sellie thread??

scall0way
07-26-2005, 08:48 PM
I guess I'm in a flowery mood still. It's beastly hot here, and I don't have any AC in my dining room/studio - but again I did a quick little picture while my dogs were having their dinner. I spent about 30 minutes on this while the dogs were eating, and then went outside to do their business, but then it was too hot and we've all come upstairs to be in the AC!

Debbie C.

jerseybarb
07-26-2005, 08:50 PM
khourianya, heres a bunny!

I think he's a little stiff and pudgy but I like him


Debbie your flowers have a wonderful luminous quality to them

Paula Ford
07-26-2005, 09:21 PM
OH I love the bunny!! Stiff? No, I dont' think so. All bunnies are pudgy, aren't they?

The roses are beautiful also! They remind me of our last house. In the back yard there were rose bushes that looked just like these. They were the most fragrant roses I'd ever smelled.

scall0way
07-26-2005, 09:34 PM
Thanks Paula. There is a wonderful tiny public park in town that is primarily a garden, with lovely roses. They are just gorgeous this time of year. The park can be rented out for private occasions, and my son and daughter-in-law decided to have their wedding there, on June 30, 2001. Now I have driven past that park for years, and the roses are always full and lush and gorgeous at the end of June, so son and his intended decided they would certainly not need flowers for their wedding as there would be so many in the park!

Well come the day of their wedding, and there was barely a rose to be seen! Almost every single bush was bare. They looked like this:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/scall0way/detail?.dir=daff&.dnm=517e.jpg

We could not understand it. The roses had always been wonderful, but for their wedding there was nothing. Since then I have made a point of driving past the park every year on their wedding anniversary, and these last four years the roses have been *wonderful* on June 30! Just rich and lush and blossoming in great profusion, the way they have always been. But for the year of their wedding there were almost no roses at all. LOL, were we lucky or what? :D

Anyway, the reference photo that I took and used for my picture was taken last June on their anniversary when I took a trip to the park, and the roses were amazing.

Debbie C.

HarvestMoon
07-26-2005, 09:46 PM
Debbie- an elderly lady showed me some sketches she did when she substitute taught- just an old pad of paper and a #2 pencil- amazing sketches of the students, desktop supplies, hands, etc... I used to keep a set of pastel pencils and a little conte pad in the car for waiting on the kids to get out of school- too hot now to wait in the car for anyone... but there is always something there...

Now- here is my 15 min. sketch- and yes, you can laugh out loud if you want- I was actually inspired by the Museum of Bad Art site that Jose found- and hey, there stuff is not THAT bad.. I decided I could do that- esp. if I try people... so here is my Bead Lady...exceeds my expectations for bad... I think she needs a big hairy yellow cat next to her...

Paula Ford
07-26-2005, 09:49 PM
LOL, reminds me a Cher when Sonny and Cher were on tv. (Don't ask, I haven't a clue why it reminded me of that)

Always bright and cheerful from you purples!

HarvestMoon
07-26-2005, 09:59 PM
I LOVED Sonny and Cher... too bad Sonny was murdered by at tree.... and Rowen and Martin's laugh in... Cher always had a pretty decent figure though- this poor lady has lost all sense of proportion!

HarvestMoon
07-27-2005, 12:08 AM
Here are a few to make up for the poor bead lady... the 2 flowers was under glass so did not do well- the orig. photo is copyrighted and I was just trying to see if I could do it...

Khadres
07-27-2005, 01:46 AM
Great flowers, Debbie and critters, too, jerseybarb! And I like the bead lady, altho I thought she was a Hawaiian woman with welcoming leis on her arm!

You also seem to have a thing for tropical fish, purples...they're gorgeous...the first makes me think of a colorful scarf for some reason. The last flower one is gorgeous! Do more!

All of y'all are doing so good and I can't seem to get going on ANYthing lately...sighhhh...

scall0way
07-27-2005, 09:43 AM
Wow purples, I *love* the fish, and the landscape as well. Such utterly glorious colors, and the flowers are amazing, really really great. It sure is a pain to try to photograph something under glass though, isn't it?

Debbie C.

khourianya
07-27-2005, 11:33 AM
Ohhh, Barb, that bunny is sooo sweet. I love him! Do more! Do more!!! :D

Purples - your work is always so colourful and happy. It inspires me to break out my brighter pastels and see what I can make of them.

I am gonna try to do a couple more sketches this week. I have really fallen off my pattern and need to get going again.

HarvestMoon
07-27-2005, 01:38 PM
Barb- how did I miss the bunny- is it just me or are these threads going a bit nutso with stuff disappearing and getting reappearing in the last few days... I love the bunny picture... it does remind me of one of the ones from one of the kids books...

Paula Ford
07-29-2005, 11:29 PM
WOW purples! You're really gettin after it. I think I LOVE the first one best! It reminds me a needlework. Though, all are so beautifully colorful.

Paula

jerseybarb
07-30-2005, 12:49 AM
from the reference library, done in about 15 minutes or so

khourianya
07-30-2005, 01:19 AM
Cori- not that I look at it again, isn't that the orange color discussed in the jumbo sellie thread??

lol - I don't know how I missed this...come to think of it - yes - the sellie orange is in there...along with a couple of GA oranges...

HarvestMoon
07-30-2005, 02:50 PM
Here was a one hour sunflower- the image is the the ref. library, and is another one of joemajury's fantastic photos.... any tips on how to improve it are appreciated

scall0way
07-30-2005, 04:56 PM
Wow purples, that sunflower is awesome. One of my faves of yours yet. Another really nice colorful image, and fits well into this week's "flowery" theme. :)

Debbie C.

Khadres
07-30-2005, 05:02 PM
Wow, that's a sunflower alright! I like it! Have always wanted to try one of those...reminds me of those huge sunflowers at the ends of the cotton rows up in north Texas. Gorgeous. Good job! Can't really see anything that needs fixin!

HarvestMoon
07-30-2005, 05:25 PM
The photographer is outstanding- it is actually in turkey- and a beautiful ocean, then distant mountains.... but we used to have the same sort of giant sunflowers at our place until the goats came along to do the yard work!!

Thank you both for the nice comments, but if you could see it up close, I need to do something about the water... to try to make it look more like the real rolling ocean waves....for some reason every shade of blue in this picture did not seem to be in the pastels around me... another murphy's law I think!!

HarvestMoon
07-30-2005, 07:46 PM
well, sorry but I kept fiddling over the time limit- and better quit I think.. so here is the final version

Paula Ford
07-30-2005, 09:52 PM
Barb, Another great sketch. My husband and I are both bird watchers and are facinated especially with redtailed hawks. They are such beautiful creatures!

Purples, Great sunflowers. Love your style. Such color!

Here is one I did tonight. 1-hour, Wallis 6x9, assorted softies. Inspired by my idol, Elizabeth Mowry.

Thanks for lookin!!
Paula

HarvestMoon
07-30-2005, 10:10 PM
Paula- that is completely stunning... I printed it out to inspire ME...

Khadres
07-30-2005, 10:15 PM
well, sorry but I kept fiddling over the time limit- and better quit I think.. so here is the final version

OK, so how'd you make it GLOW this time??? I like the darker background and it must be that blue that resonates with the orange complement! Wonderful!

Khadres
07-30-2005, 10:16 PM
Cool one, Paula! Interesting colors...esp. like the sky!

khourianya
07-30-2005, 11:59 PM
oh my - that sunflower is gorgeous, Purples...It truly glows!!! :)

Paula - I can definitely see the Mowry inspiration. Beautiful work!

HarvestMoon
07-31-2005, 12:04 PM
Here is my attempt at trying to learn from Paula's beautiful landscape...

Sooz- I don't have a clue how I made it glow- but kept adding orange and yellow to the flower.... that wallis is ruining me- I have a huge amount of art spectrum now and used a piece for trying Paula's landscape since it was just for study- and FOUGHT the paper the whole way....darn I hate that the wallis is really so good.... I am still staring at your sand dunes and too chicken to try that one yet!! of course, if there were more purple in it :evil:

Paula Ford
07-31-2005, 12:11 PM
This is fabulous purples!! I love your style!!

Paula

HarvestMoon
07-31-2005, 12:18 PM
Thank you Paula- that's the problem though- i was trying to do YOUR style LOL....

Khadres
07-31-2005, 12:35 PM
Purples...STOP THAT! Do your OWN style! There's absolutely nothing WRONG with it!!! You can use someone else's style or painting as a "jumping off" inspiration thing, but then let it evolve the way YOU feel it should. Goodness! Last thing we need is 5,000 Mowry and Ford look-alikes out there! LOL

This landscape is WONDERFUL! Only you could've done it this way and that's GREAT! How big was this one, BTW?

PS...yes, I know...the Wallis is a horribly addictive thing. Start saving pennies for a roll of the stuff!

scall0way
07-31-2005, 12:48 PM
Paula, Wonderful picture. Purples, your finished sunflower is fabulous. The water is really nice in this one indeed, and I love your rendition of Paula's picture too!

Debbie C. (maybe I'll paint something today)

Paula Ford
07-31-2005, 12:51 PM
Sooz LOL!!

Khadres
07-31-2005, 01:37 PM
Well, I didn't mean to sound so harsh...it's just that when one has such a great style of their own already, I hate to see 'em try to change it too much. For instance, I LOVE the super realistic stuff done by Diana and others, but for me to try and do the same would be pointless. In MY case, I'd never approach their perfection to begin with, and it just wouldn't be me in the second place...it would be like forcing an elephant into two pairs of petite knee-highs! Just not gonna happen anyway, so why waste time on it, ya know?

Purples has already shown that she has a very special way with colors and compositions, etc. Last thing I'd want to see is for her to lose that. Does that make sense?

HarvestMoon
07-31-2005, 04:10 PM
Well... I really don't think I have a style as such yet- just like things bright and colorful...as well as realistic- but right now I am sort of all over the map if you could dig through all my stuff from over the years as well as the last 6 months... I feel like I am in a 'sponge' stage, just trying to soak up as much about art from anywhere I can- I flip through books, etc. just trying to learn, since I do not feel like I want to put in several years to learn what I would like to know to make art that satisfies me. I have sketches where I have tried to copy french masters portraits, various animals, landscapes, abstracts, mineral slabs, you name it, but everytime I seem to get started on art again I detour due to family, jobs, etc and have to start again... right now I don't have the patience to sit down and do a really detailed drawing for an accurate not quite photo like landscape (which I would really love to be able to do well), and I actually learn a lot from trying to do something that has been done, in this case Paula's picture... it looked to me like it would be quick and fairly easy to do, and I learned that it was actually much more complex- but was interesting to study and see all the bits of color that I would have completely missed just looking at it quickly.... the main thing is it was inspiring, and fun for me to work on ;) which was the point of doing it.... I had PM'd Paula's permission, and it just goes to my study pile, which is a shame because after I posted it I kept tweeking it as usual and now it looks pretty good LOL- that murphy's law again.......BTW I was proud of my sunflower 'masterpiece' ha and my oldest DID walk by and ask- what's the purple mashed potatoes behind the flower for??

jerseybarb
07-31-2005, 04:11 PM
Yesterday, my church put on a "Quiet Day" reserved for prayer and meditation. I decided to take along my sketchbook as I always feel close to God when I draw. Did several sketches, and gave two to the woman who owns the home where the Quiet Day was held. That was funny as the two sketches she choose were the two I liked the least.

The first sketch took about 20 minutes and the second sketch was a quickie in about 10 minutes

The scanner didnt pick up the colors right in the first sketch though

HarvestMoon
07-31-2005, 04:24 PM
Barb- those are really nice! I find that art is really like a meditative state for me when I really get into it- (when the kids/hubby/managerie leave me alone) ! My first sketches of real things always take a lot of adjusting to get the accuracy in proportions (I have a lot of lop-eyed dog pictures)... you seem to get it right the first time!

Paula Ford
07-31-2005, 11:47 PM
Well, it's late Sunday night and I've done my last sketch for the week. Another one inspired by Mowry. Loving how this is turning out so I think I'll make it into a full-blown, framed painting. What do you think? 6x9, Wallis. C&C
Thanks,
Paula

Khadres
08-01-2005, 12:21 AM
Nice plants, barb! It's always nice to find something interesting to sketch when you attend something like that.

And that BLUE, Paula! Sure, it makes a great mini! What IS the flower??? I love the way you carried the blues into the stalks and so on. What fun!

Paula Ford
08-01-2005, 06:09 AM
Thanks Sooz. The flower is lavender.

Paula

Khadres
08-01-2005, 04:45 PM
Oooo! I just bought some lavendar scented shampoo! Smells so clean and fresh! Do you by any chance remember an old R&R song called "Lavendar Blue"?