This pastel, "Conversation", was executed with soft pastel block and pencils on black Canson pastel paper. It took three days to complete and I enjoyed everyone of them, vascilating between wanting to finish the piece and wanting it to go on forever, or at least a little longer. Some people think pastels are messy and, to a certain extent, they are the only thing that gets messy are my fingers and my blending stumps. That's what soap and water is for. Not the stumps. I sand the stumps. Water warps the paper.
This drawing is about 18 x 24 inches. I had to trim down a larger piece of paper. And here it is.....
After several failures with mixed media this weekend, I just went to the best of the basics-pastels. I used Derwent Soft Pastels on a 9 x 12 inch green sanded pastel paper. I would like to have done a larger piece for detail and of course I will in the future but I am pleased with this study. What's nice about using a tinted paper is that it cuts down on the need for background painting and adds a natural contract to the work.
Flamingo Couple, oil over acrylic on a 14 x 18 canvas. I used a method of glazing beginning with a gray tone under painting using acrylic paint and covering it with oil glazes. The following are the photos I snapped as the painting evolved.