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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Strawberry cream on black

Painted 9"x12" black construction paper that I used 150 grit sandpaper on to rough up the surface because I didn't think the regular paper would accept pastel well. Black is an interesting color to work can still see it through the ice cream (but I figured it would show through) and it really made my colors POP more than I thought (I've mainly worked on white or cream papers before, so that's why I wanted a cheap way to try colored papers). Except for the pink not being as solid looking as I'd like, I'm actually pleased with it because for my skill level, it's good. :) I haven't sprayed a fixitive on it yet so I don't know if I could get the pink "more solid" by doing that or not.  I think I need more  peach.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Two Horses Pastel painting

Horses are my favorite subject (I have to settle for painting since I can't afford to own one) and I took the challenge to create a painting in a long style (could be a web page banner). It measures 8"x12" and is done in pastel on a light gray charcoal paper.  I put the following two photos together: &

The tree's leaves don't look that bright to my eye as it is showing up in the camera's eye.  Otherwise, I'd say that's a fairly accurate color representation. The horses almost seem to glow/look like they weren't painted, but I did use light gray and white to paint them so they are painted.  LOL   For some reason, I got it into my head to put a ragged border to look like torn paper and I like how it turned out (even if I didn't like removing all the bits of tape from the paper so it's not something I think I'll do often).   

Friday, March 13, 2015

Four new pastel paintings

Each one is 5"x7"