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Friday, November 13, 2015

Pastel Sketch of Ron's Snow

I haven't been painting, only sketching as you all know.  I decided today to get out the pastels for a sketch for wetcanvas.com in the southwest forum for the November/December challenge.  Ron Swearingen put up the photos for us to use.  Beautiful scenes in Wyoming where he lives. 

You can see some of his western art here and then click on his home page to see more.  I really like his pastel paintings.  Big surprise, eh?

Anyway I spent about an hour on this pastel sketch.

Ron's Snow
9 x 12 inches on Colourfix Card

I had painted a quick windmill on this paper on one of the days we went plein air painting here in Bastrop.  You can see it on this post:  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/sketching-update-pastel-plein-air-and.html  Today's sketch was a good opportunity to reuse the paper especially as it is torn on the right side.  It can be trimmed to a smaller size and painted on another time.  Another reason to like using pastels!  
I will remind you of a few reasons that I like painting with pastels:

  • You can leave them out, ready to paint.
  • Fast, no waiting for paint to dry.
  • Rich colors with not much fading if you use good pastels.
  • Durable
  • Easy to create texture or have a smooth finish
  • Under painting with water, alcohol, spirits or just dry pastel
  • It is drawing and painting at the same time
  • Easy to make changes
I'm sure I will think of many more pastel pluses after I post this.



Bag Blog said...

I really like this scene. Makes me want to go break out my pastels.

I have a student who is a natural artist. Today I gave her a small set of pastels and some paper and a little instruction. She did awesome. I'll try to remember to take a photo to share.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Bag Blog. It is a long time between my pastel efforts. I need to do better.

Twill be nice to see your student's work. I'm amazed at how someone can just sit down and paint or draw. Love it!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

really nice work, looks like more than a sketch to me :)

love pastels but don't use them a lot since they make me sneeze :p

Joan Tavolott said...

I love all your colors in the snow and the shadows. This is lovely!!

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, thanks very much. Sorry pastels make you sneeze, Pan Pastels don't fly around as much. A new toy to try. :)

Joan, thank you. Snow or actually white is fun to paint with colors.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

more art supplies to add to the list to try lol :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer, pastels are addictive. Not sure how the Pans would work with detail, but I haven't tried. :)

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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