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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Life in Pastel

Soft Pastels on Gray Tinted Paper
15"x22"
It started out as a black and white charcoal sketch on a gray paper....First I put charcoal in dark areas but when I tried putting highlights in white, she looked like a ghost!Hastily I took out my box of pastels to rescue her and after an hour or so covered her in color!At least she looked presentable :) What do you think?
I have used a painterly approach this time, almost like an oil painting.
I would call this my maiden attempt at portrait in soft pastels...still getting to know them!

16 comments:

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    1. Are they? You must be kidding!Thank you so much, Liz.

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  2. This looks great. You handled the pastels wonderfully.

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    1. Thank you Tony.Now I have to find the right paper for them...

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  3. I think she is gorgeous, Arti. You must be a true people lover as you always bring forth the beauty in every face. I like the pastels. You are a master of all mediums, methinks.

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    1. Yes you are sooo right,Sherry...I love people and I love painting them:-)

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  4. Absolutely fantastic! Ciao Arti!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, Arti! You rescued her perfectly!! Your work with pastels is just as wonderful as your work with watercolors...!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda...I am just trying.It will take time to tame this medium.

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  6. Hello Arti:) I love this portrait. You did a wonderful job. The colors are beautiful. Great art!

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  7. great work arti . I could feel her face. unbelievable to think its a rescued work!!

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    1. Thank you Nanda, sometimes results don't tell the real story behind the work:-)

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