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Old 08-08-2011, 09:48 PM
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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Wow, Debbie, your piece is spectacular. The clouds are so voluminous. Love the colors of the sand and the wave action is so lively

Deirdre, very nice crisp jugs. So well balanced!

Linda, great fiery colors to the wispy clouds!

Barbara, thank you for showing all the different brands. Now I see what you mean by chalky for Rembrandt. I never liked them but looking at your comparison, I dislike them even more. The Terry Ludwig one really shines, followed by Unison. Is Schminke super soft and so looks a bit chalky too? The Unison eye is very well done.

I am back after a long absence from soft pastels. Can't deal with the dust and yet, they are so much faster and most of the work on my walls are soft pastels. I have more success with soft pastels than watercolor even I spend 99% of my time in watermedia.

This one was done in response to the Landscape Challenge here.

This originally started as Golden Fluid Acrylics but no matter what I did, it just didn't work.

So I whipped out my Pan Pastels and Terry Ludwig soft pastels to paint over it.

The details are done with Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastels. The surface was very sturdy and I sprayed it with final fixative and did one more layer for whites. I'm smiling at the moment. It works.

Stillman Delta 6x8 inch rough surface Ivory

For those who are interested, I'm reviewing the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks here that are pretty versatile and I use multiple mixed media on a lot of my trial pieces. I didn't think I would use the 180 lb Stillman Delta paper to do this soft pastel one since it would be quite a waste but since I failed in my acrylics attempt again, I had to do rescue work.





This one I did today.

Originally thought to be Rembrandt's but it's not. Here's the original.

65 lb black Reflection cardstock 8.5 x 11 inch with Black Colorfix pastel ground

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
Terry Ludwig soft pastel - yep, Deirdre, I succumbed to buying the Intense Set I and Ii and really like it.
Pan Pastel
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil
Derwent Pastel pencil

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Stabilo Othello pastel pencils
Co-Mo Sketchbook 5x7 inch

Practice on submarine on a naval power book.

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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Barbara, I like your eyes, they have good shape and form. I agree with you about the Rembrandts. They definitely have less pigment and more binder than the others you mentioned.
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Sandra, good to see you back. I particularly like the portrait one. Your use of colour is very good.
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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Hi Barbara, like the comparison of pastels,I understand that when you do any life drawing that when the eye is absolutely correct, it makes the painting..great eyes and detail..Linda
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Hi all, this is a small 5x7 painting did en plein air today. It took me less than an hour to complete. It's not as easy as I thought it would be sitting outside looking at flowers and trying to fill in around the flowers.I kept looking at leaves and wanting to paint them all. At least, it was a beautiful day. C&C welcome. Thanks, Cali
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Nicely done Cali, I find plein air painting very overwhelming, difficult to decide what to leave out. Love what you have done to the flowers, maybe make a more gradation in the grass so it fades away a bit and gets more horizontal.
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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Marina, thank you for your comments. I will definitely fix the grass. I knew it wasn't right when I posted this. I just received Sennelier Pastels, Paris set, 120 half sticks from Amazon. I had rewards dollars that I applied so that they only cost me $23.00. Can't wait to use them now. Thank again, Cali
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Nicely done, Cali! Cool little piece. Yay for your new Paris Collection! So great that you had rewards dollars to bring the cost down. I'm drooling at it and will get that set sometime.
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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Sandra....yours are always energetic and vibrant!
cali....nice one!

Did a piece from a photo I took....but it's too big for me scanner....so had to cut off part of it...
Very loosely done with both hards and softies...realize I didnt get the shoreline straight!

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Hi Judy, looks good, maybe a bit more light in the bushes? I admire you all for doing those quick sketches, I should be doing them but never seem to have time.
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Thanks, Marina....I did lighten them up a bit and they do look better...
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Re: The monthly SKETCH thread - August 2011

Judi, looks good! I like the way you lightened the trees on the shore and blued them. Beautiful color on the water and sky, subtle and changing, it shimmers.

The main suggestion I have is to scumble a little pale blue or lavender over the very dark red little building - it stands out as too dark and saturated for the plane it's in. If it was in the near ground the color might be that intense and dark but it needs to connect a little more with the trees. Not a lot, just a light little bit of color over it to cool it and lighten it a little. The sky colors would do it.
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