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John Palmer Fine Art
04-25-2011, 01:58 PM
Hi everybody, this is my latest work from a wonderful reference photo by 'PixelBloke'. When I came across it I knew I had to attempt to paint it not only because of the subject matter, but also I have a love of black backgrounds which in this case I believe gives the image a contemporary edge, therefore I have kept closely to the integrity of the original reference. I knew from the start that my biggest problem was going to be keeping the white pastel work clean from the surrounding black dust........I wasn't wrong!
Pastelmat 40cm x 30 cm Unisons and a variety of pencils. C & C 's welcome, thanks for looking, John.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2011/123047-SWAN__BROOD_PASTEL_2.jpg

Kathrin G.
04-25-2011, 04:27 PM
I absolutely love it :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-25-2011, 05:07 PM
This is really beautiful! Love the black bg!

04-25-2011, 05:08 PM
This is stunning!

04-25-2011, 05:15 PM
cant moan at that, its stunning

John Palmer Fine Art
04-25-2011, 07:14 PM
Thanks Kathrin, Patty, ncgirl & Paul I appreciate your comments.

Paul - B.T.W. loved the wolf pictures, I think I heard they have 'walking with wolves' at Wildwood in Kent, must have been a great experience.

04-25-2011, 08:55 PM
First words out of my mouth when this appeared on the moniter were: OH WOW!!! I only have one question though and that is why would you not use a black support so you would not have to deal with the contamination from the black pastel dust? I am sure you will have a good reason. Share please.

04-25-2011, 09:24 PM
Wow very beautifully done!

04-26-2011, 06:38 AM
Lovely light in this one John and that bg.works really well.

Best from mike.

04-26-2011, 07:30 AM
Beautiful John!!! Outstanding color on a "white" subject. Excellent!!
Have a great day. Pat

John Palmer Fine Art
04-26-2011, 08:59 AM
Faye, Mike & Pat - Thanks a lot for your nice comments, appreciate them.

tigress - Glad you like it. The reason I didn't use a black support as the finished background is twofold really, firstly the manufacturers of the support I chose to use for this work don't have a black with the intensity I wanted and secondly I prefer the surface texture unity that comes from covering the entire support with the same medium.
Best wishes to all, John

04-26-2011, 09:04 AM
wow this looks so real!!! I love it!!!!

04-26-2011, 09:35 AM
This is amazing! I love the contrast you've captured and the textures read perfectly...

04-26-2011, 10:06 AM
Well John, what can be said that hasn't already been said except FREAKING AWESOME!!!!

04-26-2011, 10:35 AM
WOW!!! Stunning piece of work!!

John Palmer Fine Art
04-26-2011, 11:05 AM
Jody, Leigh, Patrick & Sheila - I really appreciate all of your kind comments.

Dave Slaughter
04-26-2011, 11:34 AM
Really outstanding work of art!

Jennifer Miller
04-26-2011, 01:40 PM
Very striking! Beautiful work. :)

04-26-2011, 02:06 PM
wow - beautiful!


John Palmer Fine Art
04-26-2011, 03:03 PM
Dave, Jennifer & Pam - Thank you all very much for commenting.

04-26-2011, 03:31 PM
John, this is awesome work! I was going to ask the same question about painting on an already black background. Your answer makes good sense. Thanks for sharing your reasons with us.

04-27-2011, 05:52 AM
That is stunning John, would love to own it!! What colours did you use to build your flawless looking black background? The pastelmat is such a great surface for pastel, and nice and clean compared to others too.....

KD Art
04-27-2011, 06:09 AM
So very lovely. The cygnets are just perfect! Kat

John Palmer Fine Art
04-27-2011, 11:22 AM
Nita, Lexy & Kat - Thanks for your nice comments.

Lexy - I put down a layer of Payne's grey followed by my darkest Unison grey/black, but it wasn't intense enough so luckily found I had a Rembrandt 700,5 black which is the blackest I have ( although I have to say there's not much left after this) and went over it all once more. I have used black charcoal for backgrounds instead of pastel for certain subjects in the past which works really well, but I was concerned it would have stained the whites far too easily on this one.
I agree, so far Pastelmat is my favourite all round surface, but I am just about to use La Carte pastel card for the first time, so it will be an interesting comparison.
Best wishes to all, John