Three more sketches to show. Hurricane TV watching made sketching in my 5X8 sketchbook easy.
Just a couple of quick sketches to get back in the groove. Each was done on my Canson 3 X 5″ sketch pad. Hope you enjoy!
The following are the steps before completing my latest pastel. It is a 9 X 12 on La Carte Pastel Card using mostly Unisons. This is the first pastel I’ve done on any surface besides Canson and watercolor paper. I think I have found a new friend….it was a lot of fun working on this surface!
I enlarged a photo of Shatze and taped it to the top of my table easel. I know a lot of people use their computer screens. Perhaps that will be the next step I take. Anyway, here is the drawing done in a reddish brown Nupastel.
I don’t usually do the background first, but when I saw how brilliant the colors were showing on this paper (card?), I felt better about working on the cat with some area of comparison. I didn’t want the background to over-power the cat, but I still wanted to include the delightful colors in the what I think is a blanket over the back of the couch.
I was fairly happy with the face at this stage, although later I could tell I had painted the nose just a bit too long and so corrected it by scraping off pastel and repainting. But that wasn’t until the rest of the picture was completed. I’m sure we all go in and make “corrections” after we’ve covered the surface. But, I think that faces on people and animals are of primary importance. If the face isn’t right, it’s not the right cat!
I think this is where I discovered the nose, plus a few little picky items to correct.
And here I call it done. (Unless something else jumps out at me after letting it rest a day or two.
Yes, that’s right….a contest! The first person who can identify the cat in the 9 X 12 pastel painting wins the original work! You can either add a comment to this post, or send the name via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
Yes! A blue ribbon from my first Art Show entry and an Honorable Mention! The show was sponsored by the Lakewood Artist Guild. Through the years I have entered many quilt shows and have several ribbons, but this was a total surprise for my first Art Show. Judging was done by a professional artist (not somone affiliated with the Art Guild and both entries were in a category called “Other/Mixed Media” Other categories were the standard Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, and Digitally Enhanced Photography. Pastels, Drawings and Mixed Media were judged in this catchall category because they want a leas 7 entries in any specific category. The blue ribbon is for the Ink and Wash Drawing call “Le Chat” and the Honerable Mention for the pastel landscape called “Utah Snow”.
Here are the other two pastels that I entered…..50% ain’t so bad, is it? AND the $50 cash prize helped pay for materials. I was on cloud nine for a long, long time!
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