View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - May 11 - 17

Paula Ford
05-11-2009, 04:02 PM
Hello Artists! :wave:

The weekly pastel sketch thread is for pastelists of all 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 are creating. So get your pastels out, set your timer, and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us.

For inspiration, please visit our Image Library here

05-12-2009, 01:28 AM
Well, I guess I'll start us off this week. 5 x 7 watercolor paper w/ colorfix primer. Another creek scene ( we call it crik out here:) ). About 45 min.


Scott J.
05-12-2009, 03:23 AM
Went for speed on this. 8x10 on moonstone Canson paper; all Sennelier half-sticks. Just under an hour.

This was from a reference photo posted over in Landscape.

And nice way to start, Ron!

Donna T
05-12-2009, 09:43 AM
Ron, Very nice! I really like the soft reflections. (We said 'crik' where I grew up in Western NY too)

Scott, Speed works for you! I can't believe you did all of that in less than an hour - really nice!


Scott J.
05-12-2009, 03:30 PM
Thanks, Donna! I left out a lot of detail....

Donna T
05-12-2009, 03:39 PM
I left out a lot of detail....

That's a skill I need to learn! I always get too fussy and tight.


WC Lee
05-12-2009, 05:40 PM
great sketches Ron and Scott

still on my simple vegetable still life sketches :) this time it's a green pepper, 8 x 10, on ordinary drawing paper


Paula Ford
05-12-2009, 11:44 PM
Ron, That's a beautiful sketch! Am so glad you said that about "crik" because that is how I say it too and my husband kids me about it.

Scott, That is a lot of painting for under an hour! Great job!

WC, Nice pepper! What color is that? It looks great against the peachy/pink.

05-13-2009, 12:15 AM
Scott- great one! I really like the shadows going across the path and onto the grass. You must have really been cruisin to get that much done.

WC- very nice! simple but tasty!

Thanks so much Paula and Donna.

Scott J.
05-13-2009, 03:07 PM
Many thanks, WC, Paula, and Ron. Yes, it was fifty minutes of feverish scribbling. I'm trying to sharpen up my skills for some outdoors work....

WC, you really nailed that pepper; when I saw it I was impressed at the sense of form; it really pops right off the screen. And of course I also wanted to grill it up with some Italian sausage!

WC Lee
05-14-2009, 03:51 AM
thanks Paula :) the darker part is mount vision #392 mixed with a Unision dark blue violet. The other green I'm not sure of but it is also a mount vision with part of it glazed with yellow ochre and other parts with a light blue.

thanks Ron :)

thanks Scott :) mmm grilled pepper with Italian sausage ... yum .. but it got to be the HOT Italian sausage :D

Paula Ford
05-14-2009, 10:18 AM
WC, those are just such yummy, warm colors. I'm always looking for that perfect warm green.

05-14-2009, 05:24 PM
Great landscapes this week, though the pepper is lovely too! I'll post a landscape of my own. This is about 40 minutes worth of work on a sheet of 9x12 Art Spectrum. It's from a photo I took back in 2005 on a moody day at the beach in Barachois, on Quebec's Gaspé peninsula.

Donna T
05-14-2009, 06:07 PM
WC, Nice pepper!

Debbie, That is so nice for so quick! It would take me that long just to sketch in the major shapes.

Well, I am embarrassed to post this. Seems like I go small when I forget how to paint. While I was working on this we had a thunderstorm, then intense sun and now it's cloudy. Maybe I should blame the weather! :D 3"x3 1/2"


Paula Ford
05-14-2009, 07:53 PM
Debbie, That is a gorgeous seascape! You ought to sign it and frame it!

LOVE your pear Donna! It's so painterly and yummy looking. I love that curly stem. It sure adds character.

05-15-2009, 11:23 AM
Thanks Paula! And lovely pear Donna. The lights, darks and table reflection are all great. Pears are so sensuous. :D

05-15-2009, 10:19 PM
Debbie C- hurry up and frame it! Looks like a finished painting to me.

Donna- I think your pear is great! Sometimes the best things are the most simple things. I'm glad you showed it!

WC Lee
05-17-2009, 07:00 PM
Debbie: wonderful sketch for such a short amount of time

Donna: delicious looking pear :)


Another pepper sketch :) this time on colourfix primer


Paula Ford
05-17-2009, 09:33 PM
That color is just captivating to me WC. Wonderful piece!

Donna T
05-18-2009, 10:37 AM
That's a great looking pepper, WC!

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my pear. :)


WC Lee
05-18-2009, 10:35 PM
thanks Paula and Donna :)

Paula, that green is created with a few colors, though the base color is green. If I remember correctly, this one has a bit of red earth, orange, and light blue in it. And the shadow part has dark blue violet in it.