View Full Version : My first week with pastels! A thumbnail review

02-23-2003, 03:55 PM
Well, since I bought my pastels, visited this forum and joined the sketch thread last Monday, I've produced six little pictures in six days ~ I've never been so productive before! I thought it might be fun to do a little review in thumbnails. The first four below were from life, the last two I did today and are based on photos from the WC image reference library [haven't posted the most recent before, so I've included a larger version too].



The verdict: I LOVE pastels!! Before, I feared they would be a messy, hard to control medium. Well, they are :) but I'm starting to get to know them, and already I'm realising that nothing can beat them for their immediacy and their beautiful, luminous colours. Thanks so much to Dawn, Sunny and everyone in the weekly sketch thread who encouraged me and took the time to make a comment on something I drew. And thanks to Jackie for her informative book and video, which have certainly helped me a lot. Cheers all.

02-23-2003, 04:19 PM
Wow E-J ....... isnt that impressive!!! ..... Look at that art gallery you have got going there..... look at all those beauties :clap: - you are doing great guns...... so glad I helped in some small way.... was your MIL impressed too ? :) ... I bet she was, and delighted as well

Great work

I recognise your latest one too ...... nice one ;)

02-23-2003, 04:43 PM
(I'll try this again.. lost my first reply to being knocked off WC)

I like what you've done here, E-J, but I really really like the landscape and sunflowers! What size are they?

Nice work!


Allan Jameson
02-23-2003, 05:46 PM
These are fantastic keep up the good work.

02-23-2003, 06:28 PM
Wow!! E-J You have worked really hard and achieved such a lot in a small space of time, bet you are as proud as punch and rightly so. Well done!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


02-24-2003, 02:45 AM
really well done, just shows what real commitment does for you. So glad to be of assistance.

02-24-2003, 02:31 PM
Wow!! Well done - I love the sunflower one especially - looks like you got this down pretty darn quick! Very inspiring to see that kind of learning curve. They are all beautiful!

02-25-2003, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by BevL
I like what you've done here, E-J, but I really really like the landscape and sunflowers! What size are they?

Nice work!


Bev, the poppy field is very small, painted on a 7x5" watercolour board over a wash of burnt sienna. First time I've tried pastels on a watercolour surface and the texture is rather pleasant. The sunflowers are about twice that size.

Pictures based on photos are always a bit more impressive but I really only did them to practise the techniques I've learnt. It's the sketches from life that I'm really learning from. The image ref library is a brilliant resource, though ~ I've got no excuse anymore for not having the inspiration to paint!

02-25-2003, 09:07 AM
Wow E-j!! These are all great! Your learning so much, so fast. I will definately be buying Jackie's book.
I especially like the egg still life and the sunflowers. they're beautiful.:clap: :clap:

02-25-2003, 09:44 AM
Wow, you're having alot of fun! My favorites are the egg and sunflower too!

02-26-2003, 03:26 AM
E-j wow nice work . I am new to pastels and have done 2 and 1/2 he he . this medium is so inspiring. I did these in a week and a half , whereas my oils usually take me years to finish:clap: :)

I just tried them because a friend bullied me into it now I am the only one in the bunch that has gone nuts!!

02-26-2003, 04:06 AM
So, your first week pastelling, eh? Looks like you're a natural :)

The sunflower is excellent, and I do like the sky in the landscape.

Well done, and keep up the good work!

02-26-2003, 07:51 AM
Thanks everyone for looking and commenting :D

02-26-2003, 12:48 PM
SWEEEEEEEEEET presentation!!!! Beautiful work and I am so happy you love pastels!! You are now officially a WCPA!!!:clap:
~ Wet Canvas Pastel Addict~
Wah Whoo keep up the great work!!;)