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Friday, February 05, 2016

Pastel Sketch Bowl & Cup

I was preparing to paint with my pastels.  Gene cut a board for me.   I looked through my reference photos to find a scene or two so I can decide which scene to paint.  I have Pastelbord in size 16 x 20 inches.  That is a very weird size and is so popular with artists. 

I haven't sold many paintings in that size.  I think they are too big to call a small painting and too small to call a large painting.  Think about putting one over a couch -- too small.  To put in a grouping on a small wall area like an entry -- too large.  I asked him cut one piece to 11 x 20 and that left a 5 x 7 and a 5 x 13 inch pieces.  We shall see what comes of those.

It has been good for me to post my sketches here and on the Scavenger Hunts.  It keeps me sketching almost every day.  When I am not excited about painting, I at least get out some art supplies and push on.   

I like sketching with ink and pastels for some of the same reasons.  It is immediate and I don't have to go over and over something.  Pastels are easier to correct, but when I sketch, I try to leave it as is without doing much to correct the sketch.  Sketching on the iPad is easy clean up, too, but takes more time for me.

Colored pencils require coloring and going over and over to achieve dark colors. Watercolors, oils and acrylics require "watching paint dry" and also more clean up.  If you sketch with oil paints for  fifteen minutes it may take thirty minutes to clean up.  Not my thing!

In the meantime this evening, I sketched with my pastels.  I just wiped off the sketch of pear, tomato and egg and then I had an under painting.

Before wiping off.

After wiping off.

Finished sketch after about an hour.

Number 13, cup
Number 14, bowl
Number 15, lolly - I did some hard candies, Life Savers, wrapped in cellophane.  Not a very successful sketch, too small is my excuse
Number 16, biscuits - used some small gluten free cookies, the British call what we call cookies, biscuits.


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

coloured pencils can take fOREVER lol but don't need to really clean anything up

pastels, i like an liking more and more but so messy for me lol get them everywhere

nice new sketch :) do you just wipe it with a cloth? or do you use some kind of solvent?

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, I added a couple of links to the previous colored pencil post. Good resources and how to.

Pastels are a bit "dusty" but I have a good place to leave them out and don't have to be moving them around.

On the paper I just wiped with a paper towel. On sanded paper I usually brush it down with paint brush and water. A few papers can't take water, so have to be careful.

Bag Blog said...

Seeing your color sketches makes me want to paint. I have a few old paintings I could wipe off.

One of my painter buddies and I call our small paintings "bathroom paintings" because people always have a place for a small painting - like maybe the bathroom.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, I hope you get to paint! I find that wiping off lets me try things that I wouldn't on new paper or board. As Richard McKinley says don't try to make your practice as precious. I also don't usually practice on new paper. Of course if it comes out great you can still frame it. You are right about bathroom paintings!

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