Saturday, August 30, 2008

9 x 12 inch pastel "Blues Guitar"

This is quite a departure from what I normally do, but I am really getting to like doing still life. I am not at all musically inclined but I really like how the light shines on this obviously very shinny guitar. This is done on LaCarte pastel card in soft pastel

Sunday, August 10, 2008

7 x 10 inch pastel "Cradled"

This one was definitely a learning curve. This is done on a new surface for me, LaCarte pastel card, which is a sanded paper. It was quite different to work on than my usual suedeboard. I did a lot of blending with my fingers, something I don't really do on the suede. I think I will keep doing small practice paintings until I get the hang of it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

8 x 10 inch pastel "Plate of Fruit"

Here is another one that I found a bit challenging. Again done on the suedeboard in soft pastel. I think I was drawn mainly to the red of the fruit when I saw this reference. Thanks to a contributor on WetCanvas for the photo.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

9 x 12 inch pastel "Egg on Satin"

Here is another attempt at still life on suedeboard. I am not sure I was altogether successful at making the cloth look like satin, but I gave it a good try. Takes so much to the wonderful photography of Diane Ponting at