Friday, April 16, 2010

Orange on black

Orange on Black
9 x 12  pastel

As a break from the portrait that I'm working on, I did a quick sketch of an orange. I didn't have a reference or live fruit in front of me, so worked from memory.  That's not always a good thing, as memory plays tricks and not always good ones.

Of course as I used black paper for this pastel sketch, its a nightmare to get the colours to ring true.  That and artificial light.  And a scanner would be even worse no doubt with the reflection from the light.

I would like to try some more fruit in pastels.  The medium seems to work well and I like the texture and rich pigments.  Its as close to painting as you can get with a dry medium I think.

1 comment:

Teresa Mallen said...

The orange on black makes me think of an orange coloured moon in a black night sky. I so love the richness pastels give. I find cps on dark coloured pastel paper can have a similar richness. Yes indeed, memory does play tricks and they are not always good ones! So true. :-)