Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Seward, Alaska

Seward, Alaska
9x11 Pastel

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Cafe Roussi

10x15 Canson Mi-Tientes Paper

Sometimes when you're working from a photo, you have to take a little artistic license and adjust it a bit. This photo had a fairly large tree right in the middle of the picture that I felt was a little distracting. There were also several more chairs, pretty much tossed into each other like you might find when people are finished eating and leave their chairs about. I thought it pretty much looked like a jumbled mess, so I took a few of them out as well. Anyway, this is the finished result. My third pastel--I'm liking pastel a lot, but have yet to attempt a portrait.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Purple and Blue

Pastel, 9x11 Sandpaper

This is the reworked piece. I've added a bit of detail. It's 9x10 on sanded paper. The florals are fun to do because no two flowers look alike, so it's not as critical as portraits. Three things I've learned from this project: 1) If you're using a picture as your subject, make sure it's large enough, 2) Patience, patience, patience, and 3) Sometimes I overblend; it's okay to leave a little chalk on top. :) Hopefully, these little projects are great learning experiences.