Following on from an earlier work, this time on large piece of Colourfix pastel board, still a little way to go. My challenge here was to use student grade soft pastels to see how much I would cheat and pick up the more subtle tones of my Schmincke or W&N pastels. So far I have more or less kept to my challenge but I’m really needing to push back the high value colour in a few areas and blend the edges and shadows. Will post this piece when completed.
I was asked by PANZ (Pastel Artists of New Zealand) to document my still life process. I chose a still life composition that I took last summer. My partner grows avocados and I love to propagate geraniums, hence the title of this piece. I will share the process once PANZ have published their newsletter.
In the foreground is a version of the still life in gouache which I really enjoyed working on. In the background the original soft pastel painting worked on 300gsm HP Fabriano Artistico paper approximately 490 mm sq.
After a long needed studio tidy I discovered some older pieces of work that were a little tired and faded. Rather than turning them into collage or worse…I gave them a fresh layer of soft pastel and another chance to shine. ABOVE: “Little Blue Jug II”, soft pastel approximately A3. BELOW: “Abutilon Buttercup – A Drop of Amber” soft pastel original work approximately 7″ x 17″