View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread April 24 - 30

Paula Ford
04-24-2006, 08:09 PM
Hello Artists!! :wave:

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!!

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Here is last week's thread

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

04-25-2006, 05:57 AM
A very quick one from me, inspired by the PADs (Painting-A-Day) that I've seen elsewhere on WetCanvas. I want to get into the rhythm of regular sketching from life with my oil pastels this spring/summer. This plum blossom took about 30 mins.


Paula Ford
04-25-2006, 06:24 AM
Absolutely beautiful E-J!! How big is it?

I think this one deserves a lovely frame!


04-25-2006, 06:28 AM
Hi Paula. It's only about 8 x 4.5". Thanks for your sweet comment!

04-25-2006, 11:17 AM
I've warmed up now! This afternoon's offering took me one hour. I feel cheeky posting it to two separate threads, so here's a link to the sketch thread over in Oil Pastel studio ...


04-25-2006, 12:28 PM
oh EJ i'm loving that!! it'd be perfect on my friends wall!

04-25-2006, 05:50 PM
You're taking to those oilies like a duck to water, E-J! More! More!

KA Obee
04-25-2006, 11:46 PM
Hi All,
Here is a sketch I did of my neice, Sofia, from a photo taken on the day of her first communion. The colors are a bit garish for such a sweet subject - but it's just a fun sketch done late at night. I spent 1 hour, almost to the minute. I'll most likely try this one again with a limited palette, and with softer colors. But this was fun to do. It's 9 x 13, on a sample of Schmincke Sansfix from a Dakotah Sampler.

Paula Ford
04-26-2006, 09:24 AM
Gee, I was writing a nice long post this morning at home and my computer crashed!!

E-J, The egg and shell are WONDERFUL!! WOW!! Don't feel cheeky!

DOUBLE WOW KA!! LOVE this portrait and the colors are fabulous!! I wish Kitty Wallis would stop in to see it. She would love this! I really think this deserves its own thread in the Studio. What do you think?


04-26-2006, 12:07 PM
KA, I think the colors are great, not garish at all!

04-26-2006, 02:41 PM
I totally agree with Paula, KA - Kitty would love this. It has the same feel as her portraits.

Great job E-J. The eggs and the flowers are beautiful.

Now that the warmer weather is here, I'm hopiong to get outside for some PA sketching so I should be around more :)

04-26-2006, 02:42 PM
Hey, good to see some activity here - very nice sketches ladies! Mine is still forthcoming - but I will get one in! KA - You are very quick and she is a cutie!! EJ - I love both of yours! I almost threw the tin of pastel pencils in the car this a.m. but I didn't - I still want to get outside with them though and not dump them all over by accident like I did in the garden last week.

KA Obee
04-26-2006, 04:53 PM
Thanks everyone!

I didn't post it in the studio thread because I'm not really planning to do any more with it. It was just a fun little sketch. Portraits used to be my 'thang', so I figured I might as well get to work sketching some if I'm ever going to get back into the swing of things.

I do work fast - I get almost manic when I'm painting actually. The upside is that I get a lot down on the paper quickly. The downside is that I often scribble so quickly that it becomes just that, scribbles!

I saw Kitty do some demos at the Portrait Society of America's convention in Washington DC last year. Her work is beautiful and much more 'pulled together' than mine is. I hope I can reach that level some day. I've been away from painting and drawing for so long now that even getting a good likeness is tough. So here I am trying to remember how to work with pastels, and trying to remember how to get a likeness - just trying to remember anything at all, frankly! I have to say, I'm having fun with this though! Something about just keeping the sketch under an hour takes the pressure off.


04-26-2006, 11:24 PM
Well I had art class tonight. I'm feeling jinxed a bit, LOL. Last week I missed about 75% of the class because I was with my dad in the hospital ER. Tonight I missed about 25% of class because I was helping my dad get moved to the rehab unit. Why do these things have to happen on Wednesday? :)

Anyway, last week I got to polish up the "Yellow Shoes" I'd started in the first class. Tonight was our last night with the model so no way to start anything too ambitious. Between breaks and all I had about 75 minutes to work on this picture- maybe a *tad* over an hour, but I didn't think she warrented her own thread in the SPS!

So here is the quickie portrait I worked on in class today, and the thumbnail is my finished "Yellow Shoes" from last week.


KA Obee
04-27-2006, 09:08 AM
Wow! I just love them both! Wouldn't they look cool hanging next to each other, but on a diagonal - the legs on the bottom right and the portrait on the top left! You have a really funky style that has so much personality. I think you are wrong about one thing though, I think this absolutelly deserves a thread on the SPS!
I keep looking at it and smiling. I love the way her eyes are done - sort of like she's looking at someone else's child misbehaving. Just love it!

04-27-2006, 09:53 AM
Wow! I just love them both! Wouldn't they look cool hanging next to each other, but on a diagonal - the legs on the bottom right and the portrait on the top left!

:lol:you know I have actually done something like that, and have it hanging in the hallway of my house! We had the same model for four weeks in class, so I spent two weeks on one picture and two on the other. These are not exactly "one hour" sketches but since you mentioned the above I thought you might get a kickt out of seeing them, though you have to imagine the top picture being a bit smaller, :D



04-28-2006, 07:44 PM
I've warmed up now! This afternoon's offering took me one hour. I feel cheeky posting it to two separate threads, so here's a link to the sketch thread over in Oil Pastel studio ...

I love the "oriental deco" feel of the floral and that egg is lovely, who'd have thought a lowely egg could be so cool?!

04-28-2006, 07:48 PM
Great portrait class work, Debbie, and KA...that's one cute girl! Nice stuff!

04-28-2006, 09:58 PM
In keeping with my goals ; here is my sketch - about 15 minutes this a.m. - not nearly enough time to get much down.
This is a very old shed with an attached potting shed. The rowboat was leaning nearby. I might develop this on some pastel paper for a painting - there are apple trees on each side which will be in bloom soon! This is about 10 X 7 in my sketchbook.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2006/49636-back_shed.jpg


04-28-2006, 10:32 PM
Great to keep up with those sketches Barbara. I think that shed could make a neat painting. I want to try to spend some more time sketching.

04-29-2006, 01:30 AM
I did this little guy as a sketch for the wde this week. I just loved this little guy. I am thinking I may do a much larger fully-developed painting of him sometime this weekend too.

3 X4 approx
hard pastel on Belgian mist wallis
under an hour


04-29-2006, 07:31 AM
Keep those sketches coming, Barbara! I reckon it is really the best sort of practice you can put in.

Crazy colours, Cori!! This is a great little picture. Hope you'll be using a similar palette for your larger version!

My sketches from this week are over in the Still Life forum - I've created a thread especially for them so that I don't clutter up all the sketch threads.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

04-29-2006, 08:53 AM
Gosh, he is so cute Cori! Love the colors, and I can't believe the details you got in only 3x4.

04-30-2006, 03:10 PM
Thanks Debbie - I really enjoy your work!
Cori, Mat is so cute and I love the colors you used!!!
Thank EJ - it really is the best for developing some kind of drawing skills. I find myself daydreaming at work about painting and drawing...

04-30-2006, 03:28 PM
I need a shed like that, Barb! Looks great for stashing "stuff".

Cute canid, Cori! Will enjoy seeing a larger version!