Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Pastel on Art Spectrum Paper

"Woodland Emperor"
5" x 7"
pastel on Art Spectrum
aubergine sanded pastel surface
I took several photos of this Emperor Dragonfly while working in the vegetable garden one day.  He was almost hidden among the flora with his green, blue and brown color.  Once I saw him, I felt like I had 'found Waldo'! Then I decided to do a pastel of the photo!!

Sometimes I like to draw with pencils, colored pencils or pastel pencils - shown below.  This detailed piece needed those pencils...as it was a small one for an 8" x 10" frame.
Several times, I have purchased electric pencil sharpeners to try them out to keep these pencils sharpened, but I always go back to the way I was taught to sharpen them - with a knife to whittle down the wooden outside and a sandpaper block to make the pastel/lead a sharpened point. 

The latest sharpener has a problem with 'staying on' once you put a pencil in the barrel of the sharpener and then remove it. I don't think there will ever be a perfect solution to this issue, as the pastel lead-like substance tends to crumble easily. 
All in all, I miss doing mostly pastels with my art. They were about my only choice of medium at one time. 


Dana Cooper said...

He is really lovely Patti, you have indeed found Waldo!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

What a treasure to find in your garden - and now you have this gorgeous painting to remind you!

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks Dana and Claire - I lightened up the photo of this one..someone told me it was too dark..and it isn't that dark on the easel.