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Old 10-27-2003, 02:54 PM
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Arrow Weekly Pastel Sketches 28 Oct - 2 Nov

Well, since I got all confused last week and made it an eight-day week, this time we've only got six days to fit in our sketches

The objective of this Weekly Sketch thread is to pick up your pastels and paint as many times as you like during the week, but within a given time limit, eg. 25-30 minutes, 40-45 minutes, or one hour. Time yourself, and as soon as your time's up, STOP, and share your efforts with us here!

The idea behind the set times is to get the essentials down on paper without fretting about detail. The exercise is probably most valuable if you can sketch from life but feel free to use a ref photo if you prefer. Remember, it's all about making friends with your pastels and sharpening your observational skills. No subject matter is too humble or too humdrum!

EVERYONE is welcome to participate. No critiques will be given unless you request them, making this a safe place in which to develop your pastel skills, whatever your level.

Last week's thread featured a cabbage, a cat, a cockatiel, two faces, Icarus, a landscape, a lighthouse, a parrot, tree bark, a tree-lined path and tulips ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...hreadid=140018

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These nectarines took 40 mins and are in oil pastel on 'Tints' paper.

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Here's my pastel sketch, which was done in under 30 min. 8x11 on Canson paper in soft pastels. The second image is what I did with it afterwards. The palm is not coming out as I would like and this is far from over, so any comments or suggestions would be great.

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E-J, I didn't see those nectarines until after I loaded my pics. Really good looking!! -"Slurp" yum! I like the green and dark reds(?) you put in there.

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Stoy, I added a deep purple to make the red even darker. I don't tend to dig out the op's very often so it's a struggle to remember to go light-to-dark ... but I think they'd be a wonderful medium for a more considered still life ... something I'll get around to doing eventually!

I think you just need to cut into the fronds of that palm with the sky colour, which presumably you'll do anyway, and put in some darker darks, as there isn't yet much tonal variation. Can't comment on form as we don't see many palm trees here in Cambridge Just as well ... imagine if a coconut had landed on Newton's head instead of that apple ...
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EJ your nectarines look delicious and stoy your beach is inviting. here's mine for the day - bananas
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Mz!!!! Is that toned paper I see???

I like this ... it packs a punch with that background colour ... nice highlights too.
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E-J: Oil pastels?? What did you think of them - nectarines look good enough to eat. Oh, for some good fresh fruit again.

Stoy: I like your palm tree - lights and darks?

MZ: I believe this is my favorite of yours so far - good work on these!
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Yummy E-J, those look delicious.
Mz this is a very very nice drawing!
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We're on a role here, fruit and palm trees by the water! Time to put these on.. Nice subjects for a cold, wet day here!

Nice bananas, Mz Sketch!!

Thanks E-J (lol! I'm glad you don't have coconuts falling out of your trees!) and Kyle, for hints on my tree. Will play with this one.

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E-J: Oil pastels?? What did you think of them - nectarines look good enough to eat.

Kat, I've had my oil pastels for years (Caran d'Ache and a few Sennelier) but have mostly done just small things with them: a pepper here, two apples there ... all lurking somewhere in the early sketch threads! I've also done a Cézanne copy, an Oxfordshire landscape and more recently, a goat that I posted in this forum, all of these in oil pastel over an acrylic underpainting. I love the paint-like texture you get when you build up colour in op's! but have really been too busy trying to master my soft pastels.

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Links to some op stuff (won't post them as images):

Fruits sketch
Pepper sketch
'Rustic' sketch
Apples

Scapegoat
Oxfordshire

Don't have a pic of the Cézanne.

... oh! I was forgetting my White lion! Duh.

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Ahhh, I do remember the lion - did not realize that was in OP's. The goat and the landscape I totally missed, maybe they were done before I appeared on WC this spring - those are really impressive.

Now, since I am curious as to the different techniques used with OP's, it looks like you did not blend the fruits, but maybe some on the landscape and goat. I didn't have great success with OP's, but still want to give them more time. I especially like the huge OP's I have found at Jerry's - they could cover alot of canvas!! and are so very, very smushy.
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Love the word 'smushy'

The only blending I did on the sketches was with the op sticks themselves, to push one colour into another. With the goat I think I used a colour shaper and with the lion, an acrylic brush.

I thought your experiments with op were very good ... can't remember which brand you had ...?
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