Colorful Art: Pastels

For the past three months, I have been experimenting with different art mediums.  I would not have been able to do that without the help of the classes offered at my local art center.  I was able to dabble in graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, more charcoal and expanding my knowledge, acrylic painting on lotus leaves, oil painting, and pastels.  That is a lot of experimentation in a short amount of time.

I enjoy working with colors and mixing basic paint colors.  There is something soothing about creating new colors on a palette or plate.  While I like to paint, it is not my favorite medium.  For me it takes too long to setup or prep my painting area.  I am using a temporary space within my home as I have not carved out a studio area.

My past experience has been when I am ready to draw, I need to start quickly.  Grab my paper and graphites and start my creativity.   It is all about keeping the momentum going.  Oh and not think about it too much.  Just Do It!

This leads me to the topic of my post.  Colorful Art.  As in Pastels.  I think I found my favorite art medium.   How could I tell?  It’s that feeling I get when the right side of my brain tells my hand to go with it.  Be creative.  Draw what I see.  Don’t think.  Be fearless.

As you already know I like drawing from my photographs (since I own the copyright) and since I am intrigued with glassware, I thought why not draw something I like.  I knew which picture would be a good challenge for me.

I applied the pastels on paper and created this:


I was taken back at what I created.  Kind of like having a “wow” moment to myself.  That was when I knew I found my favorite medium.

Here’s the next stage of the drawing where I laid down the background colors:


I need to do better in my previous posts and provide a picture of what I am drawing from.  Here’s my work in progress (with included source picture):


Once I finish this drawing, I will be back and post the final pictures.  I will also be providing a review/post of the pastel I used.  Stay tuned!

Paper used:  Kona toned paper (11″ x 14″)

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