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Paula Ford
12-26-2005, 12:28 PM
Hello Artists!

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, itís up to you. It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 60 minutes. You know how time flies when youíre 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!!

The sketches last week were absolutely wonderful!

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

12-26-2005, 07:41 PM
LOL, well here is an ugly little sketch to start off the week, about 30 minutes and then I gave up in frustration, :)

I started with Paula's 'ugly little tree' WIP, though of course what she wound up with was NOT an ugly tree at all but a lovely one! But I really want to master trees, and decided I would use it to practice.

But it just goes to show that WIPs are wonderful, but if they stray far enough from your usual style it can be frustrating. I printed the 'ugly tree' pix and tried to follow the directions. I did the background broad colors, and then began the tree.

But of course my tree is nothing like Paula's! And as I slaved away on the tree I realized the background sky and mountains were just a plain wash of color. And then I couldn't do anything with them as I had already done so much with the tree, and when I tried to add some color I kept smudging and smearing the tree, and I realized I could never make a complete picture of it as I was ruining everything, and the tree was no good anyway.

So I realized I should never have started filling in the tree until the sky and mountains were all done, and most of the background grass as well. I just can't work it otherwise. SO I gave up! Paula, the tree looks nothing like your gorgeous tree, but it least it got me doing something, and I hope my next picture will be better!

Paula Ford
12-26-2005, 07:50 PM
Hi Debbie,

Your tree actually looks like a happy little Christmas tree and you definately are doing well with this pine tree. I'm so glad you are working at trees. They are the foundation of landscape paintings, in my opinion.

Just remember that each side of the tree will not be equal. Sometimes there will be branches growing on one side, that will NOT be growing on the other.

It is difficult to fill in the sky around the tree and all I can say is, it takes practice. I make quite the mess myself doing it.


12-26-2005, 09:59 PM
Yes, I tried so HARD to make both sides of the tree totally different and asymmetrical, but it wound up so even looking anyway. Oh well, it got me in the painting mood, and I ended up doing a second picture tonight too. This took just about an exact hour. I wanted to experiment with a fairly limited palette, and used some stuff leftover from a meeting I had been too. This was fun to do, and more subdued than my usual more colorful style. :D

Paula Ford
12-26-2005, 10:32 PM
Oh WOW, this is a beautiful still life Debbie!

Paula Ford
12-29-2005, 05:02 PM
I finally did a little sketch today. It is on a sample board that Paul deMarrais sent me, received today. He also sent me a few of his yummy pastels!!

Nothing fancy, just about 1 hour. Paul deMarrais Pastels and MV's, 7" x 6.5"ish.