|Pan Pastels....on Suede!|
I've just discovered suede as a surface for using pastels. I started using pastel pencils with either my fingers or a styrofoam peanut for blending. But then I thought this would be a great surface for the pan pastels. I've used the pan pastels on a rougher paper and I wouldn't recommend it - the rough surface is not kind to the Sofft covers that are used with the Sofft knives when applying the pan pastels. But the suede surface is perfect! The Sofft covers do all the work of blending the colors and you can keep adding layers and layers. I haven't used my regular soft pastels on the suede yet but I really like the pan pastels with it and may just stick with that.
To see pan pastels on suede, look at my moose painting in progress in my blog entries.
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Great Blue Heron in oils
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:21
When I recently mentioned to a friend that I wanted to try working with regular oils, she gave me a few of her older oil paints to get me started. Then I was visiting my sister and she dug out her oils, which she said she will never use since the smell bothers her, and gave me those as well. So, I've ended up with a good beginning to oils and after using them for a few weeks, I know which ones I need or need more of and which ones I have to replace since I cannot (nor can my husband) remove the cap from the tube. I also remember, as with water-soluble oils, that I have to be patient and wait in between layers. Which means, I'll be working on two or three at a time or work with one of the other mediums that I paint in.
This is my first attempt with the regular oils - a great blue heron. I'm having trouble with some of the detail since he was quite a distance away from me when I took the photo, but that should work ok for me since my style has become a looser one, more impressionistic, which I have been developing over the last few years. I just worked on him today so I'm at a waiting point and will be looking at him over the next few days to see where I want to go with this.