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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Twin Trees in Pastels

Pastels on paper
10"x14"
The struggle with pastels continues....I like the textures and bright colours, not to mention the freedom that comes with this medium.I know the results are not very dynamic as yet- but I like this medium enough to keep trying.I did this one on watercolor paper with  acrylic underpainting of dark blue.A few more trials and if I get some good results, I may be tempted to invest in expensive pastel paper and more shades.
Any tips and suggestions from those who work in pastels are welcome
Have a great Sunday and Happy Halloween...

12 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Arti! I think it is very dynamic. The shades of blue are beautiful. :) I don't have a whole lot of experience with pastels so I don't have a lot of tips but it looks like you're doing just fine to me. :)

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    1. Thank you Crystal...I know this is not very good but you are generous as ever!Best,
      Arti

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  2. I think the results are fabulous. Keep going.

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  3. The trees are great. The medium seems natural in your hands.
    I have been using 100# weight Bristol paper or vellum or board for work I start on a white surface and plan to treat like a painting, (filling the whole surface in pastel color). I sand the surface with sand paper to add enough tooth to accept the pastels (it doesn’t need to be sanded much). It works better than the grit covered pastel papers, as not as much of the pastel sticks are used up in the process, and provides the same result. It’s less expensive too.
    I use Canson Mi-Tentes tinted or colored pastel paper, when I’m using pastel pencils and mostly leaving the color of the tinted paper as the background. It works well for figure when drawing from life. It’s very forgiving when using a kneaded eraser or lifting by rubbing a finger.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Tony; I will try sanding the paper a bit and see how it behaves.In my life drawing sessions I use light color paper and bright shades.But I wanted to experiment on dark background,too.

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  4. Hello Arti:) I haven't used pastel myself but I think this is a very good result. The colors are beautiful and the trees wonderful. A really nice painting! Don't give up:)

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  5. Mi ricorda il bosco delle fate. E' bellissimo. Elvi

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  6. Hi Arti, I think you are doing great! Very well rendered. It's a good idea to invest on the dark shades of pastels. I generally avoid using black.

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  7. Oh Arti! I think this is just a stunning piece. I truly love it. I am also reminded of the work of Van Gogh in this piece. How beautiful!

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    1. I love the impressionistic work of Gogh and Monet...thank you so much, Sherry.

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  8. Thank you so much, my friends...

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