Purr thank you! I love how that robin turned out, he's on my wall. Also on my wall is this spring flowers pastel that I finished a couple days ago:
9" x 12"
Unison pastels on cream colored Canson Mi Tientes, smooth side. Photo reference by DAK720 for May 2014 Pastel Spotlight challenge. It's up on the sketch wall and I like it more the longer it's been up, though the lighting on the photo is because of the day being bright. I went near the window and so the left side is more shadowed and the bright daylight highlighted the right side more than the painting really is.
Then last Friday I went to a doctor appointment and had an hour to spend in the hospital's Memory Garden. I brought pastel pencils for life sketching.
I'm currently using a 7" square Stillman & Birn Delta journal for my art journal and doing some pastel pieces in it, Conte sketches and Pan Pastels and maybe even softer pastels later on, with SpectraFix fixative.
I did this beautiful white rose from life in Pan Pastels a while back, it's posted on this thread but here it is again:
Loved it, one of the best pages in my journal, a real showoff piece. I love doing roses and for decades had trouble with them. Once I actually got rose anatomy it was a thrill to be able to do them. So this was great. I also got to test my Pan Pastels on rough watercolor paper instead of coated paper with great joy in the background.
This one was intended as a botanical sketch in pastel pencils and it worked, it's very accurate and the colors are pretty darn close. Leaves are a lighter sketch because I didn't have time to work them longer but I liked their accuracy too. I used SpectraFix fixative on it. I had the small mister with me, used it outdoors and had it too close to the painting. It puddled. This sometimes isn't a problem if I just give it enough time to dry. And lo, it seemed to dry well and nicely on this side of the painting. But the back of it is the white Pans rose.
It slightly softened it because it puddled but didn't lose too much detail and I was happy with the result. Just a quick botanical life sketch.
After it dried I flipped it over and saw the back.
The reason the SpectraFix puddle dried so fast was that it soaked right through the porous rough watercolor paper and carried pigment with it. The ghost of the bright pink flower is now staining my white rose painting. Even brighter than it was on the side where it's really there, it was the brightest pigments that migrated. Arrgh!
I debated how to fix it, my first thought was to try going over it with the white Pan and grays and complements to try to fix the damage, restore it even if that means the reworked version isn't as loose as the original.
But my home care worker Elgie had a different suggestion. He looked at it and said "Well, why not just go with it and work over what you have to turn it into a pink or maybe red rose?"
Wow. Duh. Yeah. That made sense. It will mean using Magenta and Red and tints but I could probably do that and just work in the pink shadowing into the highlights on a red rose, cool red rose, or play with both cool and warm reds in it to make it lively. Or a dark pink rose. Not sure what the final hue will be but that's the solution I'm now thinking about.
I can see that bright hot pink that seeped through will give some brightness to the highlights... but I've also learned painfully that I need to be really careful with the small mister and not use it outdoors but indoors where it's more controllable. It squirted rather than misted. Very frustrating but the big mister bottle worked better at home on many different pages without ghosting through. This is the first time it happened.
Anyone else have any interesting mishaps or surprising serendipitous fixes? I'll miss the White Rose painting but the red-pink rose will still be a good page in my journal. I'll post it once it's done.