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01-24-2001, 11:25 AM
Alphacolor (el cheapo) pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes blue-gray paper, smooth side, done in two 20-minute sessions

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OK, I'm new at pastels. I'm working with a very limited set of colors. I've left some of the blue-gray paper showing through in some areas, and I've layered the pastel pretty thick in others. Is it okay to have it both ways in one painting or should it be consistent? All comments welcome, alter the image if you feel like it.

01-24-2001, 11:58 AM
This is new artist? Wow!!! ALL ways are consistent. Enjoy!

01-24-2001, 01:05 PM
ruth, very impressive! There are no rules to this just suggestions. Expieriment is the key in all mediums.
You have Very good drawing skills, you mentioned 2 20 min sessions was this from model? looks like it was. Very nice job.

01-24-2001, 01:31 PM
Great portrait! I have to agree that you have wonderful drawing skills and seem to have a knack for pastels! Keep it up!

01-24-2001, 01:52 PM
Hi Ruth,

Nice job on this painting. You can certainly mix pastel thicknesses on one painting. Variety is good, as long as it does not distract from your subject or purpose of the painting. Generally speaking, the highest highlights will require the thickest application of paint.

The face is nicely executed and your textures look rich. Take a look at the nasal area. The nose is the closest thing to the viewer and it translates as just a bit flat and shifted a bit to the left on the face. You could work just a bit more on this feature. Also, when you have a figure looking out of the picture plane, it might be more visually effective to move the figure toward the other edge slightly more.

It is not a bad thing to have limited colors. It will actually help you to learn how to maximize your palette to have fewer and not so optimum colors to start with. As you gain more confidience and familiarity with the medium you can add more sticks in different colors and degrees of softness.

Keep up the good work!


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01-24-2001, 06:58 PM
Ruth, that is just so lovely. thanks for sharing.

01-24-2001, 07:41 PM
Ditto ditto :P

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Katherine J
01-24-2001, 08:55 PM
Hi Ruth
This is a lovely portrait and most impressive for someone new to pastels. I too and new to this medium and would be interested to know what is a 'limited' set of pastels. How many are you talking about?

01-25-2001, 09:01 AM
Nice job on the skin tones, Ruth; ditto what others have said. Your work shows it's not
"el cheapo"; you deserve to "treat yourself" to the better grades of pastels.

My only comment on this would maybe adding some warm colors to give it more punch.

Keep it up!

[This message has been edited by 4vincent (edited January 25, 2001).]

01-25-2001, 09:59 AM
Well, thank you all for the nice comments! I do a lot of painting and drawing, but have shied away from pastels because of the dust. I love the look of pastels when I see them done by other people, and wish I could do that too.

Katherine, the box of pastels has 24 colors, and the only really dark ones are black, dark brown, and dark blue. I was hungering for a deep red or purple or even dark green! There's a medium-light violet that I've just about used up. I haven't decided whether I like working with pastels enough to invest in a good set.

Diane, thank you for your helpful comments. I've admired your work shown here and would like to meet you in person sometime. How far from Myrtle Beach are you?


01-29-2001, 11:11 PM
I am very impressed.
I like the sensitivity and personality.
I am a rebel. I had a box of something called paper chalks, a hard pastel school set, maybe ... 18? I LOVE THEM. I like to do a lot of blending by overlaying and have a bunch of odd pieces that I really am not sure what most of them are, but I like the harder ones because I don't lose them if I fix them. I do have soft whites and tend to layer them over a lot for highlights, but MOSTLY I can get stunning effects from my limited set.
I like pastel's ability to create new color more than oil. The nifty stuff you can get by putting color over color over color in texture and line are what I like to do.
I think you got richness in this cool color scheme, but by using a more blocky light, more attention to planes an temperature, you got quite the hang of it!
Like it VERY much.

01-30-2001, 09:38 AM
Hi Ruth,
I'm in Raleigh. The drive to Myrtle is not too bad. Perhaps we can meet somewhere or paint down where you are sometime.