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Paula Ford
12-12-2005, 12:49 AM
:clap: :clap: Happy Holidays to all of you!! :clap: :clap:

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

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!!

12-12-2005, 09:18 AM
Ooooh, is there a prize for the first posted image? :D

Just off the easel, though I still need to work the rigging a bit. This is from the WDE this past weekend. 9x12, on MiTientes. Many thanks to PastelMama for great images this weekend!


12-12-2005, 09:55 AM
Jamie, here's your gold star for posting the first sketch of the week :)


Gorgeous light in this! That pink among the orangey-yellows is rather delicious. Will you soften the triangular reflection at all? The line at one o'clock seems rather dark. I haven't seen Angie's ref photos, though - I seem to have missed the WDE yet again!

12-12-2005, 10:29 AM
Jamie, lovely water and sky, a very serene and peaceful scene. And here I thought I might be first this week. :)

I have not had a chance to post here in a while, but last night I finally got a free hour to pull out my pastels, and I did this picture. From a ref. photo I took this summer. It's 11x14, light gray Canson, smooth side, done with NuPastels.

12-12-2005, 12:16 PM
Debbie, wow, you got really far with that 11x14 in an hour! Looks like a great vacation spot. That water looks like I could jump right in. I'll even share my star with you, since you actually did yours before I did mine, and mine's not even done yet!

EJ, yes, I'll rework some reflections when I finish the rigging; then I'll be able to see how much that triangular reflection needs to change. I'll bet it's a LOT. LOL. I'm only an hour into this piece...so still some left to do and unresolved issues. :) Thank you so much for your comments and the gold star!

Paula Ford
12-12-2005, 01:44 PM
WOW, the week is starting off with a bang!

Jamie, Such a beautiful painting! You deserve that gold star!

Debbie, Lovely landscape. Looks like a wonderful place to go. You are amazingly fast!

Jamie, LOL, how sweet of you to share your star.

12-12-2005, 03:41 PM
LOL, thanks for sharing the star. :)

Karen Margulis
12-12-2005, 04:55 PM
I'm jumping in this week...finally had some time to paint!
Jamie...love your colors...purple is my favorite!
Debbie...I love your water too.Beautiful!!!

This is a tiki hut on the beach on Sanibel Island..one of my favorite places. It's 9x12 on Wallis..about an hour.



12-12-2005, 05:14 PM
Oooh, Karen, that pastel really transports me. I haven't been to Sannibel since I was a little girl. It was all beach then and no concrete. Imagine that! Laughing. Love the sand and soft waves.


Paula Ford
12-12-2005, 07:59 PM
Gorgeous work Karen! Warm, breezy and soft. Love the colors in the shadows! Really lovely!

12-12-2005, 10:26 PM
ooh Karen, I have never been to Sanibel Island, but your picture sure makes me want to go, so lovely and soft. Though I suspect that in real life I'd find it too hot there. ;)

Paula Ford
12-13-2005, 02:03 PM
Karen, What is that pretty aqua-blue you are using in this painting?

Karen Margulis
12-13-2005, 02:38 PM
Paula, I used a variety of blues and purples mostly Great Americans from the Richard McDaniel set. But then I take that aqua blue color and blend all the colors together. I use a prismacolor to do that. I don't know the name of it but it comes in the 30 color set. The pale pink and light blue are also great to blend skies and water.

Karen Margulis
12-13-2005, 02:51 PM
Before I put the pastels away for the day I thought I'd do another little one. This is 6 x 9. Another Sanibel palm tree. Can you tell where my mind is at lately! :)

12-13-2005, 03:13 PM
Karen, I really like the looseness of your palm fronds, and those touches of purple in the foreground are just perrrrfect!


Paula Ford
12-13-2005, 10:25 PM
LOL, wishing for a little warmer place to be Karen?

Beautiful! What else can I say!

12-15-2005, 04:53 PM
Debbie, you just keep getting better, and better.

Jamie, I love the sunset over the boats.

Karen, I like the way you think. Your tiki hut got me in a tropical mood, and the palm tree did me in. I found this image of "Razz" in the RIL. (Thanks tuckerbird!) He heard you were having a tiki party... something about cockatiels at eight?


Party Bird
Art Spectrum, 11" x 8"

12-15-2005, 05:03 PM
Wow, neat stuff all the way round! Karen, love the tropical motif and 40+, that bird is gorgeous!

Karen Margulis
12-15-2005, 05:04 PM
Lisa, too funny! Love your bird! Wouldn't a Tiki party be nice right about now! We've had freezing rain all day here!

12-15-2005, 05:05 PM
Jamie and Debbie....too cool on yours, as well. Deb, you finished up that landscape in a hurry...lookin' good. And Jamie that watery dusky bay looks chilly even from here!

12-15-2005, 05:56 PM
Oh, Lisa, droooooling over your colors! I love the way you left the bottom edge unfinished. Perfect! How come I never think to do that? LOL

Paula Ford
12-15-2005, 07:48 PM
Wow! Gorgeous bird Lisa! I also love the unfinished look.

12-16-2005, 08:11 AM
Thanks, Sooz! :)

Karen, I was looking at that same, miserable rain. Sanibel Island was definately the place to be yesterday.

Jamie, there's a famous portrait of George Washington that has an unfinished bottom. I remember discussing the painting in art class, and that it had never been determined if the artist left it unfinished on purpose, or if he'd just run out of paint! :)

Paula, the untold story behind that painting is that the artist was trying to keep the painting session under an hour. ;) :D :D :D

12-17-2005, 10:59 AM
Hey Paula! What great work ya'll got going on this week....

Jamie...nice GA coast painting.....I live approx 60 mi from where this ref image was taken....

Karen....You have a 2 companion pieces here that are very marketable...I am drawn to your palette as much as your technique!!!!

Debbie......you nailed that road...great colors and texture!!

Did these 2 1 hour works this week as "warm up"...(ooopss I was away from the easil too long while my computer was down) both are 9"x 12" Wallis.

Fruit from life...Sunset from ref image (a big thanks to Bnoonan!)



12-17-2005, 11:03 AM
Hiya, Preston! Long time no see!

Love those reflections of the fruit on the table surface. That landscape sky is YUMMMMMMMMMM. Nice to see you still at it on the sketches here! :)

Lisa, I do hope you'll frame that piece. And when you do, I hope you'll mat it with that unfinished edge showing.

EJ, I did finally finish that sunset and tweak the boat reflections. ;)


Paula Ford
12-17-2005, 11:09 AM
Hey Preston!! So nice to see you!

OH LOVE the first one. The reflections and everything...to die for!!

And the second the colors are so gorgeous!!


12-17-2005, 11:26 AM
Lisa....the parrot portrait is striking!!!! You did Tuckerbird justice....what character he has!!!!!!!:clap: