Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Work in Progress Using Pastel and Other Media

 Work in Progess- stage 1

I've done very litle basic sketching using a grey pastel stick attached to a water color brush to extend my distance from the painting. I use minimal lines to set the composition. Next I fill in the darkest areas using the broad side of the pastel stick. I use an assortment of the fatter rectangle and round shaped pastels. On this painting I'm useing mostly Terry Ludwig, Sennelier, Richeston and Unison pastels.

Stage 2
I continue filling in the canvas which is sanded pastel board.
Stage 3
More filling in.

Stage 4 - Introducing Other Media

Once the canvas is covered, I start playing by introducing liquid mediums (water and hairspray) painting before they dry. Next I added pastel,watercolor and lead prismacolor pencils. I don't know what I'll do next. I will continue in my next post. 

Just recently  my husband and I got back from a  very nice trip to San Francisco. I love the pastel buildings.  
View From the De Young Museum

Two of my favorite paintings at the De Young Museum 
'Tulip Culture'
George Hitchcock (1850 - 1913)
Oil on Canvas

''Spring Winds' 
Joseph Raphael (1859-1860)
Oil on Canvas

Farmer's market along the path to city hall.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


View from Sara Mountain
16 x 20
Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Board

This is an intuitive painting. It took two previous do overs on the same support to steer me on to a path that intrigued me to go further. It was a trudge at times but I knew I on a journey of discovery.