Saturday, December 6, 2008

December Virtual Sketch Date




Pastel on Brenda Mattson paper 11"x15" for Virtual sketch date

this paper has very little tooth I don't think I like the paper -I am, however, satisfied with the drawing -


This is not what I would call a sketch it took about 3 hours - I did make an attempt with watercolors but that went straight into the trash - I am thinking more and more about - not learning to sketch in ink or watercolors but just play around with my standards pencils and pastels - I am so much more relaxed when I do -

24 comments:

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

You never cease to amaze me Kathleen. I love pastel it gives such a stunning effect and it's lovely and fun to use. Great painting I'll call it that because it is. You're quite right not to just call it a drawing. Wonderful work as always

Liz

Kaine said...

Hi Kathleen! I enjoy coming to your blog all the time! Congratulations on cleaning up your studio, it is a big task. Please check out my blog to make yourself feel even better about you clean studio! LOL! Keep up the good work you are a great inspiration to me.

Speck said...

I've had the same thoughts...why struggle with watercolors when I am so much happier with other mediums??? I pondered on this quite a while. The conclusion was the decision to continue working in mediums with which I am uncomfortable. Why? Because what we're comfortable with is easy. It doesn't challenge. It can get boring after a while. New mediums and techniques stretch creative wings. It makes one "see" in a unique way in order to render the subject in the chosen medium. I thinking "seeing" in a new way is creative growth and an invaluable experience.

There is a quote I ran across somewhere, "Be prepared technically so you will be prepared artistically when inspiration strikes" (or something like that.) So, don't throw out those watercolors just yet. Keep sloshing away with them. Of course don't abandon the beloved colored pencils either. The soul needs to be joyously creative without struggle sometimes.

kazumiwannabe said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Very detailed, it could be a photo! I can understand you not wanting to change your tools when you're so obviously fine with what you use!

Starr said...

How do you do something so remarkable in three hours??? You are so talented and leave me breathless every time I visit your blog. Fabulous!!!!

purplepaint said...

Oh this is gorgeous! I have just nominated you for an award, please see my blog for details. :D Marva

purplepaint said...

Kathleen - here is the link to the right blog since I have 3 of them:

http://pencil-paper-paint.blogspot.com/

Thanks, Marva

BMoon said...

Very beautiful rendering...love how you brightened up the sky with that gorgeous cerulean. Lovely!

Caroled said...

Love the delicacy of this piece!!
Really beautiful!!!!
Carol

Sherry said...

What struck me first was that you saw this as a bright winter scene, with blue skies. Your results are beautiful, soft, glowing. I love how everyone uses his or her preferred medium to interpret the source photo.

Timeless River said...

This is a lovely piece..Nice work kathleen..

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

This is certainly a beautiful painting. I am looking forward to doing this kind of painting in pastel. It is still not as comfortable for me as watercolor.

Sydney Harper said...

Beautiful work! The colors give it a soft but shimmering look.

christine said...

Kathleen, this is just beautiful. Your comfort with pastels comes through in the softness and warmth of this composition.

Judybec said...

very pleasing work! your composition is nice.

Jennifer Rose said...

This is very pretty :) Great textures to the trees and the fields.

laura said...

Beautiful--I love the colors! The stubble in the field is wonderful, but the trees are really spectacularly done--II wish I could paint trees like that!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Such a lovely pastel - very well and lightly done, and great colors!

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Beautiful painting. Love the way you have done the trees, great colors.

Jan Pope said...

This is just lovely. The pastels make is so soft and peaceful. Nice work on the trees.

Andy said...

Hi Kathleen, beautiful piece of work and much respect for the confident way you use pastels :o)

Victoria on Okinawa said...

I feel the softness of snow and winter in you painting. The trees I feel I could reach out and feel the texture.

leslie said...

This is soooo pretty!
I get excited by doing the Sketch Dates and never do "just a sketch" either! :)

ego2005 said...

Congratulations! I loved the snow effect you make. Pastel is always a fascinating technique!

Happy holidays!