Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Knee Deep (8x10, soft pastel)
This was a halleluja moment for me...
I have read and read about underpainting as a technique for painting with soft pastels and have never tried it. Alchohol - ethanol - is supposed to work. I searched for some but I was out of that. Hopefully no first aid will be needed in our house until I get some more. I remembered reading somewhere in the last week that you could use mineral spirits. I had some of those and so I dug them out and used my rubber silicone brush thingies from the art supply store.
I laid down my first layer of pastel on an orange (!!!) paper and then spread the mineral spirits with the silicone "brushes".
I just went from there with this painting.
These dairy cows were grazing one day as I was driving by just near sunset and I had to stop and take a picture. The idea for this painting has been in my head for a long time and I'm glad to finally have put it on paper.
Underpainting is definitely in my future!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This is the second painting I did for the February Virtual Paintout hosted by Bill Guffey. This month he took us too Romania. There were many things that caught my eye but this horse and the valley below him grabbed my attention.
It was less of a struggle than my first painting.
The horse sort of looks like a horse. At least My Tool Man knew that it was a horse...
Friday, February 25, 2011
This painting was done for the February Virtual Paintout in Romania.
I was going to say that the pastels and paper had a TKO on me... but then I changed my mind.
This is the third time I painted this and I can see improvements in this last version and I learned some things. There are some problems with the trees but...
Monday, February 7, 2011
This little fellow showed up in my window yesterday. He was peering in my front room window at me and so I decided to take his photo and do a painting of him.
This little painting went through 3 incarnations tonight. The first one is on the back of the final version. I wasn't happy with it. So I did the one below. I just took the fat side of some pastels and drew very spontaneously and made big marks, trying to leave out all the minute detail. It loosened me up and I started over. The result was Hello!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We'll see I guess.