View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - June 2 - 8

Paula Ford
06-02-2008, 06:35 AM

The weekly pastel sketch thread is for ALL pastelists of all skill levels who use soft pastels, hard pastels, or pastel pencils.

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.

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!!

Please see last week's sketches here...

For inspiration, please visit the image library.

06-02-2008, 10:09 AM
OK, I'm really new to pastels and painting in general. This was done from a photograph of a winter sunset near my home. It looks a bit cartoonish, and the woods in the far distance didn't quite come off as I had hoped. I am happy with the pine tree -- or the one-third of it -- on the right side. I've never tried a pine tree before. I'd welcome all the C&Cs I can get because I feel like I have a slight grasp on a thread, but there's an awfully big sweater to still unravel when it comes to pastels.

06-02-2008, 01:16 PM
Hi Phil, that fir (pine?) is very well rendered indeed! And the rosy violet tones of the sunset are very beautiful. I recommend that you paint a lot of sketches, and you'll gather experience and outcomes of experiments -- best way to grow and learn, just spit them out. And do take part of the thred in this forum for beginners, it is excellent.

06-02-2008, 09:42 PM
Phil nice sky, the tree line in the background could be darker towards the bottom, the pine is great well done, the dormant trees are ok but trees with out leaves are very hard to depict anyway over all it is a very nice start. Play around with it, try different things, colors, shapes, sizes, ect.

Paula Ford
06-03-2008, 06:44 AM
Beautiful sky Phil!

Well you guys, I printed some photos, taped some Uart paper to the board, sat down, looked at the clock....and it was time to go to bed LOL...maybe tonight.

06-03-2008, 04:32 PM
Charlie and Scottyarthur:
Thanks for the responses and suggestions. They are valued.
I'm new here and don't know the ropes, but should'nt others be posting their work as well? I don't want to be the newbie hog. Maybe the weather's good and they're all out painting.

06-03-2008, 05:14 PM
"Yes we should Phil:lol:
Great job on the sky colors, and the pine is good...As said, just keep pumping them out, ask for advice, participate in the challenges, both here, the drawing forum, and the All Art Media Forum...coming along very well.

Here is my playin around with the Pans today; a study of marks, so thought I would post a link here. Is in the PanPastel thread...Tres


Paula Ford
06-03-2008, 08:24 PM
Phil, Post as many sketches as you'd like...please!

It's a quiet time of year. The weather has turned nice here in the States and everybody is outside having fun instead of sketching. It will pick up later in the summer.

Nice sketch Tres! I love the colors and softness that the pans achieve.

06-04-2008, 12:58 AM
Sorry phil but sometimes, we get a little caught up in other work I'll be posting probly tommorrow. I have been working on sky studies and some oils but will find time here soon. but fill free to post your work for us to see.

Paula Ford
06-04-2008, 06:57 AM
Ok you guys, this is the first time I've touched my pastels since February 1. Be gentle because I'm really rusty. 20 minutes, Uart 400 grit, assorted softies, mostly Mt. Visions and Giraults, 6"x6". This photo is from Tressa and is in this month's Pastel Strokes thread!! Thanks Tres!



06-04-2008, 07:42 AM
Ach! Paula! It is lovely!!! I know that feeling of not touching the pastels. I was in the same situation with my hubby ill this spring.
You did a beautiful job on this photo, and hope it felt good to get dusty!!
Please post it in the Pastel Strokes thread!

06-04-2008, 09:21 AM
Very nice Paula, love the poppy field reds. The trees look great and the distant mountians are wonderful. :thumbsup: Hows that for gentle. :lol:

06-04-2008, 09:26 AM
:wave: Ok here's my quickie another sky study 5x6 on Canson Mi Terry ludwigs and Schmenckes http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2008/125922-Pastels_08_007.jpg

Lisa Fiore
06-04-2008, 10:09 AM
These paintings are absolutely beautiful! I'm just incredibly amazed that you can create something this pretty in such a short amount of time. It takes me weeks to make one painting (although most of my time is spent chasing after my 2 year old :lol: ). I'm very impressed!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

06-04-2008, 10:46 AM
Paula: That's beautiful. I wish I was that rusty. I notice that its a 6X6. How do you work within such a small image? Your pastels must be sharpened to a pencil point!
Scottyarthur: Beautiful sky. Also, I visited your website and loved the works, including the oils.
Tressa: Thanks for weighing in. Also visited your blog. There's plenty of inspiration there for me, especially the landscapes and that bowl of cherries. They look like I could reach out and grab one from the bowl.

Paula Ford
06-04-2008, 01:03 PM
Thanks you guys! Tres, I'll post it in your thread later today...thank you!

Phil, Actually my pastels are really fat with no points. Do you have any Mount Visions?

Scott, Beautiful painting!!! And...thanks for being gentle. :D


06-04-2008, 01:47 PM
I do have some Mount Visions, but they are the thickest pastels I've seen. How can you work the details in (like those trees in the background) with something to thick in a painting so small?

Paula Ford
06-04-2008, 01:59 PM
Phil, Mount Visions are my absolute favorite pastels to use! I love how fat they are.

I painted the trees using gentle little taps of the pastel...very gentle. Also, as you use those big fat pastels, they form lots of little edges and I can feel where the edges are as I paint.


06-04-2008, 04:19 PM
What do you use to cut your Wallis paper down to those smaller sizes? I've only found it in larger sizes, so I imagine you must be purchasing the larger sizes and cutting it down to the size you paint on.

Shirl Parker
06-04-2008, 04:21 PM
Very nice Paula and Scotty.

Paula Ford
06-04-2008, 07:15 PM
Thanks Shirl!

Phil, You're right. I buy 18" x 24" Wallis paper and have a large cutter. I put the paper face down and cut from the back. Here is a photo of the cutter I use...it's a Dahle 18" cutter. It is so easy, no measuring.


and you can get it here.


06-04-2008, 09:39 PM
Hi, I decided to try the one hour challenge for the first time. I don't get to paint at home much as I have a 3 year old who wants to help me all the time. So, I had a day to myself (no chores!) and gave it a go.


A4 Canson (orange), numerous softies.

I really enjoyed doing this so I will have to give it a go each week now that my daughter goes 2 days to pre-school (1 for chores and 1 for me!).

Paula Ford
06-04-2008, 10:16 PM
Hi Elaine! So glad you had the time to join us. Your still life is terrific!

06-04-2008, 10:23 PM
Thank you very much Phil.

Scotty , great cirrus clouds, and I really like your colors in the b/g, and trees are good also!!

Hi Elaine! Great still life Sketch!! Not easy to paint with a toddler!

06-04-2008, 10:26 PM
Hi Elaine, Welcome to the wonderful world of pastels, Been a while since I had to chase a 3yr old around. :) Your pastel painting is very nice.

06-04-2008, 10:55 PM
Thanks for the welcome. It is a really great idea trying to paint as much as you can in an hour. For someone who has always been pretty detail oriented, it is a great way to loosen up.

Scotty, I love the sky you did. The touch of pink in the clouds is lovely.

Paula, I saw that poppy field picture and am itching to paint it. You have done a lovely job with it.

06-05-2008, 08:06 PM
Nice to see all the works here. Phil, you are off to a great start, and nice work with the tree, Paula, I should be so rusty, :lol:. Scott, your clouds are awesome, I love them. Elaine, great to have you here, and I hope you can contribute more with your little one out of your hair for a bit. I love still lifes.

Here's a quickie for me. I belong to a group for a local dog park near my home, and people have posted some pix of their dogs. I had quite a laugh with this pose, and decided to try it on a small 7x10 inch scrap I had - but I quickly realized how much I hated working that small and could accomplish absolutely nothing with it - so finally just called it quits after about the 10-minute mark. Short attention span, eh? :) But the size was just not working for me, but this is what I did in those 10 minutes, or maybe more like 15 when you count the drawing time as well.


Paula Ford
06-05-2008, 08:33 PM
Hi Debbie, Love your puppy. The bright colors are fabulous!


06-06-2008, 01:14 AM
This was actually my attempt to do the MAPS of this month with Van Gogh brush strokes (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=499351) in mind but as this is my first portrait in acrylics, I couldn't control the colors and had to use soft pastel pencils to touch up along with waterproof black pen for his entire skin tone. So I think I have failed the exercise and won't post in that thread but I would like to share it here.

4.5 x 5 inch Canson acrylic paper, Liquitex acrylics.


Chow Yun Fat is a Hong Kong actor who crossed over to Hollywood and I'm proud of him as a Hongkongite myself.

Paula Ford
06-06-2008, 07:00 AM
Oh how cool! I think you should post this over in that thread Sandra. I really like it, but he sure looks mean!


06-06-2008, 08:07 AM
Debbie, what a cute pup, and love the pose, lol... mine do that pose very well!!!

06-07-2008, 12:24 AM
Thanks Paula
Thanks Shirl
Thanks Elaine
Thanks Debbie I like the dog painting
Thanks Tressa
Thanks Sandra I like the colors in this

David Patterson
06-07-2008, 02:25 AM
Ok you guys, this is the first time I've touched my pastels since February 1. Be gentle because I'm really rusty. 20 minutes, Uart 400 grit, assorted softies, mostly Mt. Visions and Giraults, 6"x6". This photo is from Tressa and is in this month's Pastel Strokes thread!! Thanks Tres!


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2008/1978-sketch.JPG Beautiful Paula...I see no rust at all!!


Paula Ford
06-07-2008, 11:13 AM
Thank you David!! It is so good to see you back here again my friend!!

06-07-2008, 02:30 PM
Thank you, Paula. I'll try to come up with pure soft pastel pieces in future. But I've been coughing quite badly these 2 weeks and every time I cough, I inhale...and I thought it would be safer not to do soft pastels until I stop coughing.

WC Lee
06-08-2008, 05:54 AM
lots of great sketches, everyone :)

haven't really played with the pastels for a couple of weeks except for this one


And I did this quick rough today, approximately 20-25 minutes, on newsprint, 14 x 17


06-08-2008, 08:57 AM
Hi WC, your two portrait sketches are great. I especially like the second one on newsprint. You have captured so much with what seems so few strokes of colour.

Paula Ford
06-08-2008, 07:10 PM
Hi WC! Good to have you back. As always, your sketches are terrific!

06-08-2008, 11:29 PM
Here is my first pastel in a long long time. I stuck to the one hr limit.

06-08-2008, 11:29 PM
Very nice WC, I curious the second one look like a couple of others just in a different pose, is this a model or a self portrait.

Paula Ford
06-08-2008, 11:49 PM
Hi Again Sue! Lovely flower! You did all that in 1 hour? That's great. You must be a really fast painter.

06-09-2008, 09:59 AM
Wow sue this is very nice indeed.

06-09-2008, 10:11 AM
Such awesome sketches. I messed around more than anything on some 3M 320 fine sand paper this week. :) Just to get the feel. I will post a couple 60 minute sketches in the next one. Great work everyone.