View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - Sept. 22-28

Paula Ford
09-22-2008, 07:12 PM
Hello Artists :wave:

This week's theme is Clouds.

If you don't want to do clouds, that's ok too!! Please feel free to join in with anything you have sketched that was done in less than 1 hour.

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!!

WOW! We had another great week last week...check out last week's (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518705) thread.

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

09-22-2008, 10:31 PM
:wave: :wave: Hi.. guess I will start things off! I was excited to do some clouds, especially after hitting ROCK bottom with the last week one:p :lol: .. Anyway I took a photo on our last trip & used that as a reference.. we have some beeeutiful skys here in west texas..besides the tumble weeds & windmills there is not much else to look at..Guess that is why God drenched us in beautiful skys:) :) it is great FuN trying to capture even a tiny part of the beauty in themhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2008/76639-clouds1hr.jpg .. The first is the one hr mark... the second.. I played with for close to another hr...


WC Lee
09-23-2008, 12:20 AM
beautifully done :) I like the sun light coming through the clouds ..

09-23-2008, 12:28 AM
very nice Maw-t wonderful effect

09-23-2008, 12:32 AM
here is one I did today, it's not really about clouds but does have sky. I've been playing with colors. :D 9x11 on colorfix Schminckes & senniliers http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2008/125922-New_landscapes_010.jpg

Inki C
09-23-2008, 08:24 AM
I like reading this thread, so I decided to participate this week:
I've tried clouds on my new paper (Fabriano),
(...first landscape in pastel...first painting under 1 hour...
...first post in the weekly sketch tread...)
The paper is blue-grey, 12 x 16 inch.
(picture from the reference library)

Dot Hoffman
09-23-2008, 11:06 AM
MawT - very nice....I love it that you that you left some to our imagination. I like the second one better I think.
Ink, great colors!!! Great job, both of you.

I'll post one later.

Shirl Parker
09-23-2008, 11:25 AM
Wonderful colors Ingrid.

09-23-2008, 05:33 PM
Scott- Looks like our sky today, a little hazy. I love the colors!

Maw-T - Wow, all your work just astounds me!

Ingrid - I like the drama in the clouds with the light just peaking through.

I have been sick and had to stay away from my studio until my lungs cleared some. Today was first day back. I know it's not clouds, but I decided last month to focus on one subject for a least a month, so apples it is.

This is a quick study I did to play around and try out a new approach. I have been reading a new book, "Capturing Radiant Light and Color" by Sarback and decided to experiment with her approach. I set up apple still lifes on my desk and work from direct observation which is so challenging for me, I have a hard time staying focused or maybe it is that I get tired of working so hard at it! 8X8 on Canson Mi-Teintes using Rembrandts and Great American pastels.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2008/39892-Apple_StudyV.jpg

Here is a photo of my set up.


09-23-2008, 07:04 PM
Maw- Very dramatic sky. Great colours and I love the sun rays.

Scott- Nice colour combo. Good wispy clouds.

Ingrid- Welcome to the thread. Lots of firsts for you. Good job on the sketch.

Shellee- Welcome back. Another good apple study. I think you captured the light well.

I hope I can find some time tomorrow for a sketch.:mad:


09-23-2008, 08:10 PM
T...gorgeous sky...love the clouds and light shining through!

Scott...great colors!

Ingrid...beautiful clouds and water!

Shellee...great apple study!

09-23-2008, 10:01 PM
Plan on trying more of these...on Canson smooth side, blue...should have used Wallis white or at least Colorfix white.


09-24-2008, 02:35 AM
Thanks all for the kind words!

Linn..Good sketch.. very artsy all most abstract feeling.. I like!

Shelee.. way to stay with those apples girl!.. These look good enough to eat!! I dont see how you paint from just looking at them sitting on your desk.. that takes a special talent!!

Scott very BOLD colors... I like it.

Dot hope to see some clouds from you soon!!

09-24-2008, 02:37 AM
Ingrid, I missed you because on this page your pic isnt showing up???.. ANyway.. You have some beautiful clouds & lovely colors.. Great job!

Paula Ford
09-24-2008, 02:02 PM
Beautiful dramatic piece T!!

Scottykahn!! Beautiful bold colors...really nice!

Ingrid, That is a beautiful sunset!

I love your apples. You do such nice stillife paintings! Those colors are gorgeous together.

Very nice clouds Linn. I like the pink in them with the blues.

09-24-2008, 06:49 PM
Such lovely cloud pictures coming in!
Maw..very dramatic! I like them both a lot.
Scotty...I was trying for some wispy clouds like yours, only they came out more cumulus. And not very good at that.
Shellee...really like your apples! beautifully done...
Ingrid....your colors are lovely.
Linn...Love the flowing feeling of your clouds....can almost see them drifting....
so here is my first try. I will have to do some more practice, and really look at the way others do clouds.

09-24-2008, 07:01 PM
Linn- Good job. Big wispy clouds. It's fun trying different surfaces.

JB- That's the way. Remember JB, clouds are just shapes. Just like trees and rocks.

Well here's my 50 minute sketch. I tried to follow Deborah's method. I need more practice but it's coming. :evil: It's on 9 x 6 Wallis.

Thanks for looking.



09-24-2008, 08:11 PM
Great job JB...just keep practicing...We'll get it by the end of the week!

Doug...great clouds and really like the different colors in them!

09-25-2008, 04:26 AM
I remember some of you, I don't know if you will all remember me. I have been away from WC for a long time. Anyway, here is my pastel sketch of some clouds. It is painted on mushroom coloured Mi-Teintes, and measures 12"



09-25-2008, 09:37 AM
This is about 8x12 on the back side (yes, I learned my lesson about the back!) of Mi-Tientes paper in a lovely salmonly/ochre color. I stopped when I realized that I was (a) over-working it (I aspire to Maw's looseness!) and, (b) spending waaaay more than an hour. So there is no foreground. I am also not sure if the cross-hatching technique works for billowy puffy clouds. Or if, once you 'commit' to the cross-hatching look, if you can stick in areas of billow. I'm thinking it may look odd.

Also I know that top cloud kissing the edge of the format is a no-no. :o Yep!

Critiques are both welcomed and very deeply appreciated!



Inki C
09-25-2008, 11:36 AM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone,
I did only still life and animals until now, so it's nice to hear the landscape is ok, maybe I'll try to do more of them.

Paula Ford
09-25-2008, 01:09 PM
Beautiful work everybody!!

09-25-2008, 02:59 PM
Hi all! glad I dropped in ... These cloud studys are wonderful!
Jan, aww, to think anyone aspires to something I do is very uplifting.. thank you:)...
I _really love the strokes you used.. very loose _and billowy.. mission accomplished!

Vicki beautiful soft clouds!!

Very nice Doug...I need to check out Deborahs cloud study...

JB, boy you did a whole landscape.. good for you!

09-25-2008, 08:05 PM
Vicki...beautiful clouds!

Jan...very nice and what patience to use cross-hatching!

09-27-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi everybody

Some lovely clouds so far. Here's my contribution. I'm still trying to get the fullness of the clouds.


It's on the bumpy side of grey Canson MT, trying out some of my new Unison pastels.

Critques welcome.


09-27-2008, 01:23 PM
Vicki- Nice colours in your sky. I like your fluffy clouds.

Jan- I like the cross-hatching look. It is a different way to blend colours.

Pam- The clouds look full to me. Good use of your new Unisons.


09-27-2008, 03:12 PM
Pam...your clouds are very full and fluffy...great job!!

Dot Hoffman
09-27-2008, 06:27 PM
Hi, here's my cloud sketch for this week. 45 minutes on LaCarte (which I'm not crazy about BTW), various softies, approximately 6 x 7-1/2". Love these puffy clouds floating beyond my studio window:wink2:


09-27-2008, 08:33 PM
Beautiful clouds Dot...nice colors and textures.

09-28-2008, 01:29 PM
Very nice work everyone love them all
Paula, hehehe scottykahn LMBO
judibelle easy to fix take your finger and pull upward in a diaginal direction if needed just add some more blues and repeat if it becomes to blue add some more white and repeat always in the same direction

09-28-2008, 03:37 PM
thanks, Scotty...I took your advice, and they do certaily look more like clouds now! Then I tried another from a photo I took several years ago, using the same method....they may still need a bit more definiton, but I'm a little happier with it.
and yes, that's the moon, sort of peeping through ...
C & C welcomed...

09-28-2008, 04:48 PM
Fantastic job on these clouds JB! Really like your night sky with the moon peeking through and the colors you used. Your trees look good too against the darkening sky! It would make a good full size painting!

09-28-2008, 05:28 PM

Wow, that was fun. I surfed this forum because I got new pastels and was looking for ideas... and I drew this in a bit under an hour with Mont Marte Soft Pastels on brilliant blue Crescent mat board, which was what I had handy at the size. It's 4" x 6". I don't usually work very large, but I love how pastels look when I combine blending them and sketching in details over the blended part. I used some fixative and that helped darken it to that dark-thunderstorm look that I wanted.

09-28-2008, 05:44 PM
Great clouds Robert!

09-28-2008, 06:20 PM
Glad it helped Judibelle
nice one Robert

Paula Ford
09-28-2008, 10:27 PM
Hey everybody! Sorry I haven't been around very much this week. It has just been one of those crazy weeks.

You have all done a beautiful job on the clouds!

I did a 3 hour lecture and demo last Tuesday night for an arts guild in Cowan, TN. So that's all the paintings I've done. Also, I'll be leaving a big early on my trip this week on Wednesday instead of Friday and won't be back until next Tuesday.

Doug will be hosting so it's up to him...along with your suggestions...on what the theme is going to be this week.


09-28-2008, 11:42 PM
Thanks, Linn and Scottyarthur. This challenge really helped me get them better than ever! Scotty, the clouds in your thumbnails awe me. This is a subject that I'm still learning constantly on and know I have so much farther to go. There are whole types of clouds I've never done, but stared at every time I see the sky and tried to memorize.

Enjoy your trip, Paula! Sounds like it'll be fun. I love all of your thumbnail landscapes, they are spectacular!

09-29-2008, 12:29 AM
Good job on the clouds everyone. It's interesting to see how everybody does them with their own twist.

I was thinking maybe we should do what ever we want next week. Maybe put a couple of things we have learned the past few weeks together. It's just a thought. If anyone has any other ideas then let us know.


09-29-2008, 02:57 AM
I'm sorry I missed the clouds! I had every intention of doing them but the first half of this week we had COMPLETELY CLEAR, blue skies! (Which was fabulous, but not so good for painting clouds). Maybe I'll tackle clouds this week while everyone else is doing 'free choice' :o

~~ Boots ~~

09-29-2008, 12:45 PM

Why is my post with my clouds painting mysteriously showing the tree study I just posted in the tree studies thread? This confuses me.

Anyway, for those coming along who might get confused, here's the actual Summer Thunderstorm clouds one that I described.

Paula Ford
09-29-2008, 01:14 PM
Thank you very much Robert!!

09-29-2008, 09:57 PM
Your tree is great also Robert! I was noticing that and thought I knew I had seen clouds before!