Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pastel sketches



The Overpass
 
I've never really adopted pastels as a medium of choice, but, like oils, I love their immediacy and the ability to put down colour quickly.

Yes, there's dust, but I can't say it bothers me.  I don't use protection against inhaling pastel dust but probably would if I used it on a daily basis.  Wearing old painting clothes and a latex glove helps against being multicoloured by the end of a session, but I still manage to look like I've been through a colourful dust storm by the time I've produced something.

I use a mix of pastels from inexpensive to higher end brands.  Of course the more expensive pastels for the most part give me richer colours that are predictable and the inexpensive ones are adequate but don't always perform as I want in terms of pigment.  This, of course, is a trait that moves through all mediums.  You get what you pay for.

Kaleidoscope
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Pastels are easily transportable if you limit your palette.  I don't want to take hundreds of colours with me if I do any plein air work and pastels fit the bill for ease.  Of course the purists may be horrified as my pastels aren't laid out in colour families or in single layers when they go on the road.  Yep, I'm a "toss the in a container and go" artist.   Again, if I used them on a consistent basis I may be more careful in how I manage them. 

This is a sketch of a old park in St. John's, Bowring Park.  Its a fabulous place, full of old trees with paths winding through and interesting bridges and benches often constructed from spruce tree saplings.   There is an overpass that separates the original 'old' park of 50 acres from the 'new' land of 150 additional acres.  I never considered it as a beautiful bridge and in truth it is more functional but in an early morning with the light right, it takes on a new air.

I've never been much of a landscape painter but may consider a small series later in the year and pastels provide a quick, transportable sketching medium to bring back to the studio as the basis for oil paintings.

10 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful work. Seems like you can use any medium you pick up!

Katherine Thomas said...

I love how you conveyed the mood at that time of day near the overpass... that's not easy to do. I really admire your way of handling colors to work for you, rather than you, the artist, being a slave to the colors. If you know what I mean. Your work is exemplary because of it!

Jeanette said...

Rhonda, thank you. I've been around long enough in life to know how most mediums react, not that I'm any expert in any of them. I like to switch back and forth as the mood or the scene calls for different treatment. I wish I could stay with just one medium, but I don't think I ever could!

Katherine, those "magic hours" of early morning and early evening are priceless for lighting aren't they? I'm trying to be more adventurous in colourways and letting values rather than colours dictate or looking really hard to find what glimmer of colour is showing through that I can work with.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

your jelly fish seems to glow with all those colours :)

Jeanette said...

Jen, I love those shots of hot colour in it, can't resist putting them in.

suzanneberry said...

Amazing work! I love your pastels!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Suz. You were a pastellist previously weren't you?

Celeste Bergin said...

Nice handling of pastel--love both of these paintings!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Celeste. I'm enjoying the pastels right now.

JANE MINTER said...

hope to see more pastels from you jeanette ...beautiful work