Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Painting With Pastels- Fall Shopping at Burris Farm Market

Remember this pic from my post about Burris Farm Market?  If you missed it, click here.

Well, it inspired me to do a piece of artwork.  It was good to be able to spend a few hours in the studio- it's been months!

I started by printing a small copy of this photograph to use for reference... I then chose a grayish pastel paper, thinking it would look nice with the fall colors I would be using.  I clipped the paper onto a piece of foam-core for stability, and taped my picture to the left so that it could be easily seen.

Using charcoal, I lightly sketched my composition.

Then, using black and white hard pastels, I blocked in areas that were very dark and very light.

I use a kneadable eraser for lifting off unwanted marks.

Next step is putting in color!!!  I start with hard pastels...

Then, once I've put as much hard pastel on as I can get the paper to hold, I switch to the buttery smooth, much softer, soft pastels.

And, about five hours later, it's finished!


Now, I need to cut mats and get a frame for it, then I'll share it again.

Thanks for reading my blog post today- I appreciate it and I welcome your comments.

Note:  For more information on pastel painting, follow this link.


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    1. Thank you Jo! Now, this comment is special, since it's coming from the pastels master that taught me!