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Paula Ford
10-02-2006, 06:31 AM
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!!

Please visit the Image Library to see hundreds of great photos! http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/

Please visit last week's thread...

Have lots of fun!

10-02-2006, 09:41 AM
Well I finally got my camera out last night to take pix of a couple of my quick sketches from art class last Wednesday, and since it was late Sunday I figured I would save them for this week's thread. ;)

Now these are *real* rough sketches. Our model was late last Wednesday, so while we waited our instructor, Alex, said he would sit for 15-20 minutes, and we could all try to sketch him! So this is my 20-minute sketch of Alex.


Then the model showed up. He had her try different poses to see which we liked. If you saw my "Seated Dancer" picture from last week that was the pose we finally wound up with - but I only concentrated on part of her body. This is my 10-minute sketch of the "Seated Dancer" pose when we were trying to decide if we liked this one:


Karen Margulis
10-02-2006, 11:33 AM
Debbie, Thanks for sharing these. I so admire you for doing this. I am very tempted to take a life drawing class in the winter so I can improve my drawing skills.
I am trying to do a painting a day...my new favorite size is 6x6. Last night I did this marsh sunset scene from my trip to South Carolina. It's mostly nupastels on LaCarte with just a few softer pastels at the end.

10-02-2006, 01:00 PM
Beautiful Karen! And I can't believe only 6x6. I just can't imagine working that tiny! What a lovely job, and a picture a day is sure ambitious.

I do love taking the life drawing class, even though I often feel frustrated, but I think I have to keep working on my drawing skills as much as possible to feel like a "real" artist, :lol:.

Paula Ford
10-02-2006, 10:31 PM
Oh wow Debbie...you are so good at drawing humans. Just the thought of it makes me terrified! Guess I'll stick to landscapes.

Karen, Beautiful!!!! Your blues, purples, and greens are so lovely!

Here is my sketch tonight. It is the first time I've touched my pastels in several months. I've been in a huge pastel slump, but I've been doing a lot of sewing. So that's better than doing nothing.

This is a small one 4"x7" on AS, mostly Mount Visions, about 1/2 hour.



10-03-2006, 05:37 AM
Hi ... Although I most frequently do watercolor, I'm getting back into pastels in my search for the perfect medium for plein air work.

This is a small piece I did yesterday - 4" x 4" using hard and soft pastels with touches of pastel pencil ...


Paula Ford
10-03-2006, 06:27 AM
Hi Karen,

What a pretty little piece! Thank you for stopping by.


10-03-2006, 10:34 AM
Karen and Paula, both lovely works! I'm amazed at all of you working so small. I'm too fat-fingered and shaky-handed to be able to accomplish anything so tiny.

Karen Margulis
10-03-2006, 10:49 AM
Paula, So good to see you painting! Lovely little landscape as usual!

Karen, Very nice painting. Pastels are great for plein air...no mess. It's just a matter of getting the right amount of pastels and how to carry them. I've tried lots of different arrangements and the best so far is the backpack size Heilman box. I love mine!!


10-03-2006, 07:15 PM
OK, you guys who work small inspired me to try a "little" something today. I figured one object would work. As it happens I brought an apple to work with me today to have as a snack. While I was contemplating eating it I thought how pretty it looked sitting there on a napkin on my desk. It seemed a shame to just grab and eat it!

And as it happens I have a small box of pastel pencils in my desk that I bought with the *idea* of doing some little drawings on my lunch hour, but never actually got around to it! I tried once but decided I HATED the pastel pencils, and just put them away. But they were all I had so decided to give them a try today with the apple. I had also bought some small sheets of gray Canson paper, also in my desk.

So this is on smooth-side gray Canson, about 5x7. I forget what brand the pastel pencils are, but only had 12 of them so a fairly limited palette. And I found I hated the pencils as much as ever! Messy, smudgy, flat colors, muddy blending. Ugh, give my my regular sticks any day! So I tried the apple but gave up after about 10 minutes, and this is what I did.


10-04-2006, 02:57 AM
Karen, thanks for the tips on plein airing with your pastels! I'll give them a try outdoors.

Debbie, your apple is beautiful, it just glows.

Here's another one of mine for today - another 4" x 4"


M Douglas
10-04-2006, 03:46 AM
Debbie i'm a big fan of your life drawing sketches, these are wonderful. Looks like you did quite well with the pencils on the apple I love the shine. Looks good enough to eat.

Karen (kmar) Lovely landscape, nice depth, but most of all I love the foreground.

Paula nice to see you are getting out of the slump, i've missed your beautiful paintings.

Karen I love both of your paintings, but the sunflowers are wonderful.

Well I finally got one done under the 1 hour mark, like Karen (kmar) i'm working on doing a painting a day (most days anyways).

La Carte about 6" x 8"



Karen Margulis
10-04-2006, 08:58 AM
Karen... I love the sunflowers! My favorite flower to paint!

Debbie....I'd say you did great with the supplies you had. Your apple looks very good. Don't stop now!!! Pit together a little box of pieces of your soft pastels. I got a tiny wooden box at Michaels, lined it with foam and put my nupastels in it. Works great!

Melodie...very nice shells!Aren't they fascinating to paint!?


Karen Margulis
10-04-2006, 02:01 PM
Here's my painting of the day...6x6 on LaCarte. It took about an hour...Then I ate them!



Paula Ford
10-04-2006, 02:01 PM
LOL...Debbie, I know what you mean about the pastel pencils. I'll take my sticks any day! I love your apple. It looks shiny and juicy and delicious!

Karen, Your sunflowers are beautiful. I am decorating my kitchen in sunflowers and fall colors and was at Hobby Lobby last night because all their fall stuff in half off! This sure would look great in my kitchen! :D

Melodie, Your shells are lovely. The shadows are wonderful and I like the perspective on this. It is a very realistic painting.


Paula Ford
10-04-2006, 02:02 PM
LOL....cookies!! YUMMMMMMMM!!


M Douglas
10-04-2006, 03:30 PM
Thanks Karen and Paula. Karen those cookies look yummy!!


Bill Foehringer
10-05-2006, 12:03 AM
Here's two I did last night.
The first was done in about 20 minutes. This represents what sky looked like at beginning of sketch.
Dean street sunset 1 Soft Pastel on mounted Wallis museum 6x12

The second was done right after the first and represents what the 'core' of the sunset looked by then. This took about 15 minutes to do. By the time this was done the street lights dominated the light.
Dean Street Sunset 2 Pastel on mounted Wallis Museun 6x8

I'll sneak in one I did last week at the same location but started about an hour earlier and looking away from the sunset. It took about 45-50 min of flying fingers to do this. It was a race with the sun. By the time I finished the light was similar to sunset number one above. I squished the tractor drawing horizontally in the rush, oh well!
Dean Street Tractor Ref.

And the Pastel 9x12 on Wallis Dean Street Tractor.

10-05-2006, 10:07 AM
Wow, nice Bill. I can't imagine trying to do a sunset from life. The colors change so quickly! Even in 15 minutes it's a totally different sky. Nicw work though, and I like the tractor too.

Lots of pictures this week! Sunflowers, and shells - both lovely. I have not had much success painting flowers, but I do love shells. Cookies good enough to eat too. I'm not sure what kind they are, but they look a lot like the Girl Scount Tagalong cookies which are one of my faves. :D

M Douglas
10-05-2006, 01:30 PM
Wonderful sunsets Bill, beautiful colors. BUT the tractor hits the WOW factor for me its fantastic. I love the light in that one.


Paula Ford
10-05-2006, 08:53 PM
I agree. When I saw the sunsets I thought "really nice," but when I saw the tractor scene I said "WOW"!!

Fabulous Bill!