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Rose Baggs
08-22-2008, 02:22 PM
Hello y’all. I've promised to do a Demo for some of you at WC. It's finally here...Sorry for taking so long to deliver it. Even though I took a bunch of pictures I've manage to get caught up in the moment and forgot to snap some shots that I think would be useful...but I will keep trying on doing Demos and making up for the things you missed this time around.
Notice...this is a demo of my way of doing a painting...please feel free to ask question and always remember that there is a bunch of ways to start and develop a painting...nothing is carved in stone. Hope you enjoy. Meet Timlet, that once was a stray cat. Timlet found a nice home with a lovely Lady and much deserved love...and now even got his portrait done. Sweet!!!
Pastels on gray Velour paper, 12"x17

Photo 1: Line drawing – velour is a very sensitive paper it’s advised not to use pressure when drawing on it or you will have an indentation on the paper…hard to cover later on.

Photo 2: Contour of the eyes with black pencil
Black stick was used for the pupil


Photo 3: contour of other areas/nose (it’s important to reinforce your preliminary drawing so you don’t loose the lines)


Photo 4: more contours with dark gray/black

Photo 5: covering more with dark gray/black…

Photo 6: Under painting with dark gray and black nupastel

To be continued...

Rose Baggs
08-22-2008, 02:28 PM
Second sitting:
I’ve started to lay in some color on it.

Photo 7: Nose: Brown, yellow ochre and Flesh tone.
Eyes: Light Phthalo blue

Photo 8: Darkening the eyes with a darker version of phthalo blue.

Photo 9: greens added to give dimension to the eyes.

Under Painting:
Photo 10: More under painting on the body with dark gray and deep yellow ochre.


Photo 11: I’ve used Brown pencil to emphasize some of the lines on the hand…very lightly. You don’t want to use pressure when contouring…or you will have a cartoon like painting.


Photo 12: Hand Under Painting

Soft sticks were used. Mauve and yellow ochre

Sorry for forgetting to photograph some of the steps. Got caught in the “Zen”

08-22-2008, 02:37 PM
Hi Rose...looks like a great start!

Rose Baggs
08-22-2008, 02:38 PM

Photo 13: Colors used for the hand:
Pink madder, pale magenta, Van dyck brown, light blue, sanguine, cadmium orange and cadmium red…maybe a little more than that…but that should be more than plenty…Lol

3rd sitting:
Photo 14: More work on the hand. You’ve got to keep adjusting colors and values.

Photo 15: The background colors influences the colors and values of your work. So before going any further do the background first.

4th sitting:
Photo 16: I’ve worked on the sleeve of the blouse – dark gray/black and used burnt carmine and cadmium red.

5th sitting:
Photo 17: Worked on the Blanket (left) – Used same colors as the background.

Photo 18: Added lighter reds on blanket

Photo 19: Keep working on the blanket... notice that I used a little green underpainting on the brighter piece of the blanket. It was done on purpose to make it pop up.

Rose Baggs
08-22-2008, 02:45 PM
Photo 20: Finishing touches on Blanket

Photo 21: Started adding light colors to the fur on the Belly – Light gray, light yellow ocher and white.

Photo 22: Worked a little bit more on the belly

Photo 23: I’ve started working on the whole figure with light colors following the direction of the fur. Going back and fourth with lights and darks adjusting values

Photo 24: Almost finished – I’ve refined some of the details.

I've tried to photograph the piece with a better lighting...the colors aren't completely accurate but it is pretty close.

Close up

Hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to ask question and C&C are welcome!

Lisa Fiore
08-22-2008, 03:38 PM
Wow!!:clap: :clap: :clap: I loved watching the process--thank you so much for sharing this!!

Merethe T
08-22-2008, 04:07 PM
Yay, the demo - perfect! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Amazing work, Rose, everything looks so realistic, very impressive!!
Thanks so much for this, going right into my favorites.....


K Taylor-Green
08-22-2008, 04:20 PM
Holy cow! Amazing process! Thanks so much, Rose!

Donna T
08-22-2008, 04:37 PM
Wow, Rose! Awesome demo! It is amazing to follow your steps and see Timlet come to life. What a beautiful portrait and the loving hand is the perfect touch (no pun intended!)


M Douglas
08-22-2008, 05:03 PM
WOW WOW WOW this is absolutely fantastic, both the excellent way you presented the demo and the finished piece.


08-22-2008, 08:44 PM
Beautiful!!! Thanks for the demo.


08-22-2008, 10:18 PM
Thank you for the fantastic demo!

08-23-2008, 12:48 AM
Thanks Rose, beautiful painting, beautiful demo, and the reds are glorious, probably better in real life:thumbsup:
wish I worked in such and orderly manner, but tho I try, it just goes on in it's own way...I also love that you've used a non typical pose and left the eye "imperfect" just like it would be, it adds so much.

08-23-2008, 02:23 AM
ditto to all of the above !! ... you're a treasure to have provided this wip and the painting itself is marvelous !!! ... kudos to ya !! ... :thumbsup:

08-23-2008, 02:40 AM
Simply fabulous!! Thank you for sharing with us.


Rose Baggs
08-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Thanks for your comments Mike, Elizabeth, Merethe, Katherine, Donna, Melodie, Michele, Linn, Colleen,Violet and Binkie!

08-23-2008, 04:37 PM
Wow!! Even though I have seen all the steps, the end result still looks like MAGIC!


08-23-2008, 05:17 PM
What a beautiful painting, and Timlet looks so content. Thank you for a very detailed WIP. It has been very helpful. Again, it is a wonderful painting:clap: :clap:

08-23-2008, 05:23 PM
Simply fabulous!! Thank you for sharing with us.


my thoughts exactly....those eyes and the hand...awesome!!

08-23-2008, 06:15 PM
Thanks a lot for the demo Rose. Always interesting to see how someone else paints. A gorgeous painting, the pose is just perfect.

Gail V
08-23-2008, 07:11 PM
Rose - thank you for the demo! Very nice of you to share your process and I hope to try this some day :-) Beautiful painting.

08-23-2008, 07:44 PM
That is just beautiful work! And the demo is wonderful. . . thanks for sharing all that.

08-23-2008, 08:57 PM
thank you for the AWESOME demo! :clap:

David Patterson
08-23-2008, 09:38 PM
What a wonderful WIP Rose! Paula Ford may be the master of "trees", but you are the master of "hands". Hands seem to be avoided by most artists, but you sure don't shy away from them.:)

This ended up being a wonderful painting Rose...great colour and perfect composition! I just love it!:thumbsup:


08-23-2008, 10:35 PM
Wow that was so incredible, What a great talent you have. Thanks for showing the WIP much apreciated

08-23-2008, 10:43 PM
what a wonderful demo-thanks for sharing the process-it was fabulous!!!
It went in my favs too!

08-23-2008, 11:17 PM
A gorgeous painting Rose, love the composition and really appreciate the demo. I do have some questions for you...do you only use NuPastels or are the 'top' coats another, softer brand like TL or Unison? What brand of pencils are you using (Derwent, CarbOthello...?) and do you use them throughout the process or only at the beginning?
Thanks for everything.

08-24-2008, 10:19 AM
absolutly fabulous Rose!!! Thank-you so much for the demo. I also have a few questions. Do you mount your velour paper and how do you frame your velour . I have been using fixative to ensure my work will not fall off.

08-24-2008, 10:30 AM
Rose! :clap: :) :clap: :) :clap: :cat:

I have to say you are a generous woman to take us through these steps so carefully. I had to laugh when I saw the "zen" comment because it's difficult to stop to take photos when you are so engrossed in the process!

Beautiful work - the cat - right down to the eyes and paws and stripes....

the hand - lovely sculpted and carefully done...

the fleece blanket - which I know is fleece!!!!

Great process... again - thanks for sharing it.


Inki C
08-25-2008, 05:40 AM
Wow, this is really beautifull,
thanks for showing, this is one of my favorite threads!

Mario V
08-25-2008, 07:40 AM
Rose, beautiful, beautiful :):)
thanks for the demo

Rose Baggs
08-25-2008, 04:08 PM
Thanks so very much for the nice words Dear Friend Don, Barbara, Linda, Marina, Gail, Rainy, Joni, David, Scott, Pastellady, Susan, Paula, Barb, Ingrid and Mario!!!
Susan, I use nupastels mostly for underpainting and for details when sharpened and the soft ones at any time. Velour doesn't like too buttery pastels like sennelier for example...but once in a while I get to use some of the colors that aren't so buttery..like the reds you see on the blanket. Pastel brands I use: Winsor & newton, Prismacolor, Rembrandts, mungyo professional, Derwent pastel pencils and general white chalk pencil and black charcoal pencil.
Paula, I tape the velour paper on Foamboard. I just got a sheet of velour board and I will be trying it out shortly. I don't use fixatives I frame my paintings under glass with a mat and a spacer between the mat and the image.

Thanks everyone!!!

08-25-2008, 04:38 PM
This is amazing !! Thanks Rose for showing how you achieved this wonderful pastel painting. It is absolutely awesome. You sure know your stuff ! Excellent !!! :)

08-25-2008, 04:44 PM
This is gorgeous! Thanks for the WIP!

Adriana Meiss
08-25-2008, 04:57 PM
This demo was very informative. Thank you for showing us your method. Perhaps someday I'll take the plunge and paint my pets.

08-25-2008, 04:59 PM
Hi Rose. I don't know how you do it on velour but I am so glad that you do. Thank you for such a wonderful demo

Rose Baggs
08-26-2008, 10:40 AM
Thanks so very much dear friends Marcia, Continental, Adriana and Gary!!!

george c martins
08-26-2008, 01:26 PM
Hi Rose

Awesome work, wonderfully painted and excellent show.

You don´t imagine the help you just gave me....

thank you very much....

I also made a visit to your blog and web site.....

Fantástico! Lindo...(fantastic and beautiful)

08-26-2008, 03:44 PM
Awesome, Rose! Thanks so much for the demo. As Colleen said, I wish I was as "orderly" as that. A very beautiful and touching painting. I know the owner will be SO THRILLED with it.

Rose Baggs
08-27-2008, 10:38 AM
Thanks (obrigada) so very much George and Harriett for your nice comments!!!

08-27-2008, 11:08 AM

Superb painting - thank you for supplying a demo. It's so interesting to see how people work, see the colours used and the little tricks of the trade (ie how you lightened the colour of the blanket). Can't wait to see your next painting.


08-27-2008, 11:08 AM

Superb painting - thank you for supplying a demo. It's so interesting to see how people work, see the colours used and the little tricks of the trade (ie how you lightened the colour of the blanket). Can't wait to see your next painting.


Rose Baggs
08-28-2008, 11:11 AM
Thanks for your comments Pam!!! :)

10-04-2008, 06:29 PM
:clap: Thanks so much for the Demo! I never knew how helpful it would be until today! I love the face on the cat, but that hand is done with such skill and talent its amazing! Folds are so difficult, and I didn't know I would even ever try to do any, but now I am, so I thank so you so much for this Demo. I am alone so much WetCanvas is really all I have, and the genorosity of all you wonderful people. This internet thing is really worth it! Just amazing.

water girl
10-04-2008, 08:57 PM
I must have missed this somehow. Thank you so much for the demo. The cat is amazing, but the left hand is what has caught my eye. Fantastic job.

10-05-2008, 12:55 AM
This is really amazing, love it. I have never painted on velour, makes me want to get some! Only if it comes out like this!

10-05-2008, 09:30 AM
OMG!:eek: BEAUUUUUTIFUL work, and thank you very, very much for posting this demo. I've tried working on velour and it frustrated the h e double l out of me!:( But, it's nice to see how you work on it and that someone out there can work on it successfully:envy: :wink2: :D
Love it!

10-07-2008, 03:51 AM
Rose, I have just found this thread and am so thrilled that you have shared this demo. The painting is stunning, just as all your other work! Thank you so much!! :thumbsup:

10-07-2008, 08:18 AM
I'm seeing this for the first time as well. I LOVED watching how you brought this piece to life!

Rose Baggs
10-08-2008, 12:08 PM
Dear Friends...I love WC for all the wonderful people/artist in here...y'all made my day. Thank you IMaybe, Karen, Desiree, Mike, Ann and Kim.

05-29-2009, 11:28 AM
So helpful and inspiring. Having played with and loved a feral cat that I befriended this pic reminfds me of him and the wonderful hours we had together. I've never worked with velour paper but now want to try it and see if I can enter the world of Zen :cat:

05-29-2009, 12:31 PM
Hi Rose...Excellent demo!!

05-29-2009, 12:56 PM
Never using pastels only oil and acrylic, I would like to try, haven't got a clue how to apply the pastels, what kind do you use, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh and what paper is good to use, I suppose, other supports could be used,. Thank you for this great demo, Pat Trewern

05-29-2009, 02:04 PM
I just loved this! Thanks for sharing all the steps - especially for a newbie! It is FABULOUS!

05-29-2009, 02:21 PM
The face and eyes of that cat communicate so much love and appreciation. You really captured what that cat was feeling. Thanks for sharing.

05-29-2009, 02:29 PM
Your painting almost brought tears to my eyes! It says so much more than 'cat and hand'! The love that's there is so apparent. Timlet looks so much like my Sadie , except for the blue eyes...does he/she really have blue eyes? The painting is breathtaking!

05-29-2009, 06:26 PM
Hi Rose

what a great demo thank you for doing it

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

05-29-2009, 10:58 PM
Thank you for this demo. I really enjoyed looking at all the steps to the completed painting.

05-30-2009, 01:38 PM
This is faboules! I really like it. I saw it in the WC! newsletter :) :thumbsup:

focal point
05-31-2009, 08:03 PM
Beautiful Rose!!!
The cat is in such heaven on his owner's lap - - - that really 'comes thru.'
And that red blanket is to die for. How can I learn to do realistic drapery folds like that?

Rose Baggs
06-01-2009, 02:05 PM
First of all Thanks for reviving this Thread! I did this "demo" last year (2008)...but I hope someone will find it helpful.
Thanks so much for your comments: lildip, Mike, Pat, Deb, venicebeach, FuzzyBrush, grekslay, sundara, Dorte and Debbie!!!:clap:
FuzzyBrush...yes... his eyes are blue according to his owner and the picture. Pretty, isn't it?:cat:
Debbie: IMHO...The best way to paint anything is treating each element as shapes and masses...then value and color. Don't treat each subject of your painting as a known object. If you have problems dissociating the subject you are painting just try painting from a picture upside down...then move on to find shapes, values...you're gonna find that it's easier to create a realistic piece this way, after a while you will grasp the concept and it'll turn into an automatic thing. :thumbsup:

george c martins
06-02-2009, 07:11 AM
Olá Rosa

GREAT DEMO...thank you a lot for it....


06-02-2009, 02:13 PM
Rose, just love the whole process and the end result is fantastic.