View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - July 14 - 20

Paula Ford
07-14-2008, 01:23 PM
:wave: Hello Artists

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!!

We had a great time last week. Check out all the sketches!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=505213 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=505213)

For inspiration, please visit the image library.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/ (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/)

07-14-2008, 03:51 PM
I haven't been around much lately, but I'm trying to find some time again. I'm taking a summer class and our instructor tells us to do something at least 15 minutes every day! I wish, but I can dream of the time. Anyway, for a long time I've been yearning to paint water, and I bought a book on it the other day - geared for oils and acrylics, but it seemed the exercises could be used for pastels too. Though the artist shows you the "steps" and his stuff looks so incredible in each step. I tried just one exercise and my stuff looked NOTHING like his did, :lol:. Mine looked like a muddled mish-mash.

But I took 5 minutes out of my lunch hour today and tried to recreate one of his exercises, for choppy water, from memory. Tough to do when you only have 12 pastel pencils and limited color choices. Also tough when you don't have his expertise with water! I'm having fun trying though - so this is my 5-minute exercise with 12 Conte pastel pencils on a 4 x 5 1/2 sheet of gray Canson, smooth side.


07-14-2008, 03:54 PM
Debbie C, this is amazing work in only 5 minutes! And you'll benefit from it immensly, I can see that when you do a painting with water in it, it'll have great water!

07-14-2008, 05:23 PM
Thanks Charlie. Since, for today at least (:lol:) I'm trying to do something for 15 minutes, here is another 5-minute sketch. This is also done on 4 x 5 1/2 inch gray canson (smooth side) using my same 12 Conte pastel pencils. It's from a photo a friend sent of her recent hiking trip at Yosemite in California.


07-14-2008, 11:23 PM
Nice use of color Debbie, well done for only 5min.

Paula Ford
07-15-2008, 06:53 AM
Wow Debbie! That water sure is colorful and it definately shows movement. The second is a lovely scene!

07-16-2008, 12:07 AM
Well I haven't been posting here much, so here is one I am almost finished with. Nupastels on Ingres 7x10. If you see something I may have over looked please let me know. Color, shape, depth, atmosphere, you know :lol: .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2008/125922-New_landscape_014.jpg

Paula Ford
07-16-2008, 10:00 AM
Beautiful panoramic view Scott!!

07-16-2008, 10:39 PM
Thanks Paula It is from a photo I took some time ago, but I can't remember where it was exactly. it was either near Granby Co. or near Riffle Co.

07-17-2008, 09:45 AM
I like this a lot. Also like the oil works I've seen on your site.
A question on this one: For the grasses in the foreground, did you lay the darker yellows down first and then hit that with highlights of the brighter yellow? In effect, I'm asking if your stroke of the darker grass ends where the bright light begins, or whether the dark stroke is underneath the brighter color?
Silly question I realize, but I'm just venturing into pastels and painting.

07-17-2008, 10:14 AM
Very nice Scott. I especially like the sky, and the distant mountains where they meet.

07-17-2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks Phil, glad you like the oils, and there is no such thing as a silly question, I would be happy to answer any question you have if I can. The grasses were layed in back and forth, darks, lights,darks, lights until I was happy with the look. There are alot of different colors in there, yellows, greens, browns, a violet and a orange. I like to use different colors till I find what works. even though you can't see it in the trees there are 5 different colors in them as well.

07-17-2008, 10:47 AM
Thanks debbie, I had fun playing with the colors, through out the painting