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Sunset Run

On May 1-3, 2015, I will be giving a workshop on painting a white Andalusian horse. I wanted the horse to reflect all the colors of the rainbow so I decided on a sunset. I was inspired by a painting I saw at Lesley Harrison’s Workshop a couple of years ago. In fact I went out to California for a private one-on-one session with Lesley so that she could teach me how to achieve this beautiful effect. I had a wonderful time learning from her!

Here is a beginning stage. I added all the colors I wanted to use to the coat first. I used pure pigment colors without added black particularly. Pastel blue, pink and yellow-orange.

SR3 I also used the same colors for the background.

After that I began to go darker with the horse itself and progress to the finish.

SR6I LOVE color and like to use it in all animals that I paint.

Same principles apply. I use color first so that it glows through in the finished animal. All pastels used were Rembrandt or NuPastels.

Bubbles-Portrait Workshop

Next week will be the annual portrait workshop and I am excited about it. I painted portraits in watercolor for 25 years before switching to pastels. I love painting portraits in pastel . It is so much easier and I love the result.

This year I have been working on a special set of portrait colors to make the paining not only better but easier. I have switched to mainly Girault pastels. They are not only so beautiful in color but also in texture. They have a wide range of color and I highly recommend them. These will be complemented by a range of complimentary NuPastels and also Carbothello pastel pencils.DSC_0409This year we will be painting this adorable little girl blowing bubbles.

Bubbles

There are so many elements to this painting. I love the cohesion and harmony of colors in the child carrying into the background. And the bubbles!!! We will concentrate on the ears and hands. Most people have the most trouble in those areas so we will do studies of each before working on our final painting. There is still one space and I would love to have you come. We also have an optional 4th day for those who want to paint their loved one . I will provide lots of individual attention to help you complete your portrait.

Winter Coat-Update

I added a post yesterday about my newest painting experiment with pastel mat and showed you the stages. After I thought I was done, I still kept fooling with it and rubbing the pastel on the right side with more blue.

As I did this a flaw in the surface began to appear. This flaw would not be covered with pastel–no matter how much I added. Since I was unfamiliar with the surface (this was my first painting on it), I was unsure what to do to fix it and how to proceed. It looked like I would have to start over. I was not willing to sacrifice my wolf and all the time I put in to its creation. So where do you go to get answers?? The internet.

After searching, I took a paintbrush and wet it and then brushed over the area with water and let it dry overnight. This morning I awoke to a large even spot on my painting. The flaw was evened out but now I had a spot:(  I added more pastel and guess what? My flaw returned. I then tried brushing off excess pastel(outside) and then spraying the area with fixative.  After it dried , I applied more pastel. Guess what?? The flaw returned.   Sigh….

Then I decided that since the painting was probably a goner, I added a darker color over the blue I had used on the right hand side. I brushed the blue off first so as not to have too much pastel dust on the painting. It worked very well!! I was relieved and glad to save my painting.

It also looks much better to have darkened that side. The wolf now lives in the space and the dark adds depth to the painting.

Pencil Wolf 4

New Painting with Pastel Pencils

I have been experimenting with pastel pencils this week on a different surface. I wanted to offer something new in classes this year and also be able to have a class at World of Color Expo that would introduce participants to pastel painting.

Instead of using velour, I used pastel mat as my support. This was really different for me. I also used NuPastels  as  base colors and then Stablio Carb Othello pencils. Here was my original drawing:

Pencil Wolf 1

This was different and fun. I base coated the main colors with the NuPastels and then added his gorgeous coat with the pencils. Here’s another picture of my progress:

Pencil Wolf 2

I continued working and was very pleased with the results. The pastel mat holds lots of pastel. The pencils make it easy to make gorgeous fur. It was a fun way to get a realistic representation of the wolf. This will make a fun project for a one day class in March at my studio. Here’s the finished painting!

Pencil Wolf