May 2005 - Two Australians moved to Tuscany where they planned to live for two years. Two weeks later their dogs, Snowy and Dermott, arrived. Seven years and a property purchase later, they're still here.
I have outwitted myself with technology! Having put in this fancy slide-show I couldn't add any further text. What I wanted to say was this is the progress I've made on my first pastel painting under the brilliant guidance of Dianna Ponting at WetCanvas. I've included a link to Dianna's class in my Pastel Diversion post below.
Wow! I'm impressed...hope to see more pastel work!
Bellisimo!!!! You have mastered the pastels!!! If I was there I'd hug you and then ask for a piece of candy!ps: you can add text...just go to edit post and type it in as usual.
Hello Anonymous! Thank you. Perhaps you could send me some of those real allsorts you're rushing out to buy ;)Marta - Thank you. Of course the hardest part will be finishing the lace tablecloth but I've had great fun. It's hardly all my own work, with Dianna's original sketch and her extremely detailed illustrated instructions. I have the benefit of her experienced eye seeking out the colours in her photo. I'll be on my own next time. Thanks for the tip too.
This is interesting--can't wait to see what you do on your own. Your colors are so vibrant here.
Laura - I didn't think I'd ever want to try pastels because I thought they were messy and I shouldn't be distracted from watercolours at this stage but the class with Dianna was such a temptation. This sort of work is not going to help me become more painterly though. I stopped doing detailed graphite drawings because I wanted to loosen up. Now look what I'm doing!
I must have lost yesterday's comment trying to post.I love your candy dish. You are doing great with pastels. I agree that your next challenge is choosing as good a subject!I can see the quality of the pastels you've bought, as well.
I admit I prefer your watercolors, but then I prefer watercolor over pastels in any case. Unless we're talking Degas or Cassatt ;D.
Casey - Bless you. I wondered where you were when I was seeking reassurance. Thank you, I love that I haven't shamed your beloved pastels. The fact is, I love your painterly style and something like that will be my next pastel attempt.Laura - Watercolours are my big love. My next project is my FIRST half sheet of 300lb Fabriano! I'm terrified!
Wow! I have one that looks just like it! Great workshop, isn't it?Glad you tried the pastels. They're quite pretty applied over watercolor, too.Excellent job on the candy dish!
Thanks Lisa. Yours is looking terrific! Now I also have a box of pastel pencils I may try them over some watercolour sketches. The colours are fabulous. Many thanks for the great pastel links for beginners on your blog.
Wow Robyn! It sure looks like pastels were not much of a challenge for you. This is beautiful!!! I have been away on vacation and haven't yet checked out the WC pastel class. And like you, I've avoided pastels because I don't like the chalky feel or the mess. But after seeing this I will have to go have a peek. I only hope I can remain strong. I don't need to start working in another medium - there are too many I enjoy already!
Hi! You are really doing quite well with your pastels.The plate of candy looks very tempting.I like the impressive little slideshow.Have you done any watercolors lately? I've done quite a few that I posted. Will be going to a workshop (wc & stained paper collage) for a week, so I'm heading down south for a week with my sister. Will be checking to see what you've been doing. Ciao.Joan T
Hi Stacy. Many thanks. Actually when you check out Dianna's thread at WC you'll see everyone is pretty amazed with their great results. It's been quite an expensive painting though, buying pastels and pastel pencils and paper. I'll have to do some more to justify it. I found, apart from the charcoal and there is rather a lot in this picture, the pastels not to be really messy at all. I have gone through quite a lot of Baby Wipes though! Shame you aren't closer, I'd share my pastels.
I want to eat these right now! Gorgeous work! If I didn't see the work in progress I would be convinced it was a photo. I didn't know these colors were possible to achieve....
Shirley - thank you. I didn't know such colours were possible for me either. It's all that pure pigment in the pastels.
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