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Paula Ford
10-24-2005, 09:01 AM
Thank you Sooz for a wonderful job hosting last week's sketch thread!!

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!!

Here is the link to last week’s thread http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=301524

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!!

The Dabbler
10-25-2005, 05:17 PM
Yes it actually took me a whole hour to do this. This is the first I've broke out the paints this fall. I have been carving trees all summer and it's just getting to cold for that now....D. Dave

10-25-2005, 07:33 PM
Ooo, I like the stylized nature of this one! Nice to see you again now that your beavery summer wood worrying days are over for the year! Don't be a stranger!

The Dabbler
10-25-2005, 10:41 PM
your beavery summer wood worrying days are over Don't be a stranger!
LOL Well OK!! Say that 3 times real quick.
It's good to see all the old faces again (and new ones too). The only style I got going on tho is an early 70s retro thing:D

Paula Ford
10-25-2005, 10:45 PM
Hi Dabbler! Nice painting...love your soft colors. Is that from the image library?

Here's mine for tonight. About 1.5 hrs...is that cheating? Assorted softies on Wallis paper. 5 x 7ish.

From the image library by jonifaye...LOVE this photagrapher's work!!! All of them are just fantastic.


reference image

The Dabbler
10-25-2005, 11:05 PM
..love your soft colors. Is that from the image library?

Actually I prefer the vivid colors gotten with sand but I decide to use some strathmore that was laying around till I get back in the flow.
The reference pic is from local terrain taken at 70 mph last evening. I'll probably get flogged for this but... it's difficult to make rural Nebraska picturesque.
I love your scape with its bright colors. How did you get all that in such a small space?

Paula Ford
10-26-2005, 05:43 AM
LOL, Nebraska isn't that interesting huh? Isn't it pretty rolling hills there? It's been a long time since I drove through there (once) and remember thinking how nice it was.

Hmmmm, was wondering the same thing myself about the small space because I used mostly my new Mount Visions which are very FAT, but I LOVE them!

Also used pastel pencils for the bail.

Thank you!!
BTW...WELCOME to the Pastel Forum Dave!!! I remember you! Got any pictures of your tree carvings?

The Dabbler
10-26-2005, 12:19 PM
Here is a treesculpt pic from a previous post

Paula Ford
10-26-2005, 02:28 PM
That is fantastic!!! You are so talented!!!


10-26-2005, 03:00 PM
Wow, I LOVE that woodwizard! Too cool!

Paula Ford
10-26-2005, 08:01 PM
Dave, How long does that take? Do you have a photo or picture? Paula

10-26-2005, 08:14 PM
Nice hay bale, Paula! Lots of sun drenched fields...can feel the last of the Indian Summer warmth!

The Dabbler
10-27-2005, 12:37 AM
Dave, How long does that take? Do you have a photo or picture? Paula
Thank you Sooz and Paula for the kind comments.
This was my first large (life size) sculpture and it took several hours a day for two full seasons, the fall of 04 and spring of 05. I'm currently working on a slightly smaller sculpture, a pirate, and hopefully next season I will start my first commission, a religious icon (larger than life), for a retiring priest.
More about the Wiz and the Pirate can be seen in the following links.
As for a photo...I assume you meant one of moi.
Remember Halloween is fast approaching:cool:

10-27-2005, 02:04 PM
This was done from an image in the RIL uploaded by olika. I managed to do this in about an hour (whew!) I am not a speedy pastellist, but the 1 hour time limit gets me working. I can always do more later, right? When I think "sketch", I think charcoal & newsprint.


"Olika's Red Tulip"
9 x 12 Art Spectrum

The Dabbler
10-27-2005, 08:30 PM
Whooie! Lisa thats nice. What did you do this with?
Iwas trying to get this done for the pastel riot but it ain't going to happen.

Paula Ford
10-27-2005, 09:24 PM
Wow, very very nice and FAST Lisa! Terrific!

Dave, I would post that in the riot...they are gonna love it. It's really great!!

Thanks Sooz!


10-28-2005, 08:20 AM
Thank you Paula. I appreciate your hosting this thread every week.

I used about 10 extra minutes before I felt it was ready to post. The upper & lower right side corners are still black Art Spectrum paper. Filling them would have added another 20 minutes to the time it took me to complete it. ;)

The best part about the 1 hour time limit is that it forces me to work more loosely. It's a great exercise for newbies. I overwork my paintings, and this is good training to learn how NOT to fill the tooth of the paper so quickly. Even Wallis paper has a saturation point. :D

I love the colors in your rendering. You've done a beautiful job capturing the light and mood of harvest season.

Hi Dabbler. One of your woodland sculptures would be a welcome addition to my yard anytime! I think your Nebraska sketch captures the rolling hills and vastness of the countryside pretty well. I like the far-off hills and the telephone poles.

I think you chose a difficult piece for the fall theme pastel riot. You have a good start though, so why not finish it?

The tulip was done mostly with Senneliers. The yellows are my new Goldenrod Great Americans.

10-30-2005, 02:31 AM
This week in the WDE, Valri has a special assignment - to draw the thing that scared you most as a kid...well, the movie Gremlins terrified me so bad for years that I had to jump from my door to my bed at nigth just to make sure they didn't grab my feet. Yes, I do have a very overactive imagination. Anyway - I did this from memory and I think I'll be jumping into bed again tonight *shiver*

Gave it to Cam cuz he love the Gremlins.

3.5 X 5 softies on black colourfix
about 10 mins (couldn't look at it much longer than that)


The Dabbler
10-30-2005, 03:49 AM
Thats some scary stufff!

Paula Ford
10-30-2005, 08:40 AM
That thing looks truly evil :evil: !! I'd be scared too if I'd seen something like that!!


10-30-2005, 09:14 AM
Ooh, Cori, pretty EVIL. I'd be scared if I saw that critter. Paula, I love your hay bale. I think hay bales look so darn paintable, and you do lovely work with landscapes. Dave, that tree sculpture is awesome!

Here's one I did last night. Might have been a bit more than an hour. I didn't study the clock religiously. A totally different scene from others as this is a "city" scene, taken from a photo I took in front of the New York City Public Library this summer. :)

Paula Ford
10-30-2005, 09:20 AM
Hi Debbie,

Oh how cute!! It looks like the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz (my all time favorite movie!).

(Thank you for your comment!)