View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - June 8 - 14

Paula Ford
06-09-2009, 11:56 AM
Hello Artists! :wave: I'm headed to the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Upstate NY this week, so you guys post lots of sketches and I'll see you next week.

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

06-10-2009, 03:46 PM
After several weeks of being 'away', I finally went to a group paint-in...(it was raining, outside). When I got there, there was a lovely still life set up. I had a difficult time with the flowers, but here is how it turned out;http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2009/103700-scan0001.jpg___Iris_still_life.jpg
it is on canson, the textured side, size is 9x12.
C&C always appreciated.

06-10-2009, 03:51 PM
This looks great JB. You did a good job on the flowers. Very colourful. Painted from life and in front of other people?:eek: Way to go.:clap:


06-10-2009, 09:57 PM
Beautiful JB...Wonderful colors and beautiful work on the grapes!

06-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Wonderful peice Judibelle,

Paula Ford
06-10-2009, 10:47 PM
Wow, that's beautiful JB!!

06-10-2009, 10:49 PM
I have been practicing with pastels and doing landscapes a lot lately. Here is one I did tonight.

Paula Ford
06-10-2009, 10:51 PM
Really terrific piece Linn! Gee, you guys are really putting out full-blown paintings. They don't look like sketches to me. Wonderful!

06-11-2009, 02:30 AM
Good job Linn. I like how you handled the far away trees. Good depth.


06-11-2009, 08:01 AM
Thanks, Doug, Linn, Scotty, and Paula! Maybe staying away from it for a while is a good thing...lol
Linn, I love your piece....great job on the trees!

06-11-2009, 09:33 AM
Experimental piece! In this one I experimented with some impasto gels and other sticky stuff that I found in the art supply store, to create texture and layers, as per Creevy, my idol (http://books.google.com/books?id=xu71tfuJcKcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=creevy+pastels):
•Acrylic Fluid Matt Medium
•Galkyd Gel
•Liquin Light Gel (formerly called Wingel)

The Galkyd and the Liquin, both clear and gel-like (not liquid), did make some good impasto texture. (You can see some created by the Galkyd in the upper left and snaking around the pears.) Both were hard to control with a brush, so I believe that a palette knife is the answer here. (Plus I won't need a solvent to clean a knife!) Next time I am going to do layering with these clear gels, instead of with the fixative. But since they take so darn long to dry, it'll be an extended project.

If anyone knows of a similar product, a clear gel, that will dry faster, let me know! (The matte medium dried quickly, but was too liquidy for what I have in mind.)

Anyway, it's about 8-1/2" X 12" on white paper, using mostly pans and a few sticks at the end, for concentrated color. (The more I use these pans the more I look forward to getting that new selection of darks.)



06-11-2009, 07:37 PM
Great work on the pears Jan!

Mike Williams
06-15-2009, 02:43 AM
This is 1.5 hr by the river. This is the second in a series of three I did by the river. For some reason the river keeps coming out purple. 11x14 on grey sanded paper.

Mike Williams
06-15-2009, 03:21 AM
This was the first one in the series. 7x9 on grey sanded paper.

06-15-2009, 11:32 AM

This is one I did yesterday. It took just over an hour and from real life.
Just playing around with colours and experimenting.

A5 on Ingres paper using faber castell polys.



06-15-2009, 01:30 PM
JB, great job on the flowers!

Linn, very nice aerial perspective, and I feel like I'd get my feet wet if I stepped in the puddles, very believable.

Jan, gorgeous colours in the pears!

Pam, good glass, with distortions and all included. Nice job!

(who didn't get to paint a sketch, but there's a new week)