Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pastels Galore

"Sunset Clouds"
5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
pastel on Kitty Wallis 
Belgian Mist

FINISHED

ON TO More..
"Colorado Highway 10 to Walsenburg"
5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
pastel on Kitty Wallis
Belgian Mist

Started today...
Work In Progress
I have tried a portrait from this same photo before - in watercolor  - wasn't very successful with it.  This one is pastel. My dogs are on the couch in the RV..with this incredible late afternoon light coming through the window. Although I usually work dark to light as in oil painting, I put down some of the light as a reminder - so I can 'make it happen' the way I want it. There are no rules these days, just what I feel.  
Animal and people eyes always go in right away..placement is key.
Because it is a complex scene - with the blanket folds and legs and head placements, I started with a center point vertically and horizontally...a crosshair -  if you would.
Stay tuned - I will try to get a camera shot each time I am at the easel on this one.







3 comments:

Barbara Pask said...

You are great with pastels too, I have played with them a few times and it was sad,lol. Love all of these and the new one with the dogs, wow!

suzanneberry said...

oh my Pattie, this is an incredible beginning! i love that you dashed in the lights first. i can't help myself, i seem to always do that. cannot wait to see this progress. it's going to be wonderful!

and Sunset Clouds and Highway are lovely!! Beautifully done!

Pattie Wall said...

That's the key Barb - keep on 'playin' they were my first love when I was about 12. I am extremely comfortable with them. Recently bought a great mask to wear as they have started to bother my breathing...reactive airway to so many things these days. So - I am loving them again. Thanks Suzanne - right about not helping ourselves especially when the focus is the LIGHT and getting it going. Thanks for your comments and stopping by..my blog seems to be in a waning state - due to my NON posting status these days - hope to change that.