Pastel color

Pastel entryway

It was kind of fun getting back to some of my more traditional work. It was odd though because I had to have a slight brain shift from the abstract architecturals and the watercolor/ink animals to the pastel work.  I actually had to think about what I was doing when I started to lay on the color, envisioning the changes of the pastel with the fixatives compared to the watercolor just being what it was.

In general I think this went well. Tomorrow I will put a little bit more shadow under the entryway recess and under the eave.  They don’t seem dark enough yet and it sometimes hard to tell how much the pastels will alter with the fixative.  Also, the brickwork is a bit too even, so I may play with that.

I like to take 2 days with these anyway.  For some reason I can think it all looks great after the first spray and then the next day I will see all of the flaws.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sonya Johnson
    Aug 12, 2012 @ 20:06:03

    Looks good, Ruth – I enjoy the variety of colors and facade textures. And, I know what you mean about revisiting a piece after a day or so; things often look much different: sometimes better, sometimes not.


    • ruthsartwork
      Aug 12, 2012 @ 20:55:10

      Thanks Sonya. I think I already want to adjust at least the shadows in this one. I kind of ran out of time today and as I look at it, I know I will work on it tomorrow.


  2. Delft
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 13:42:13

    Beautiful drawing.
    My eyes are still confused about the geometry of the house. Look forward to the finished piece.


  3. ruthsartwork
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 16:23:08

    Thanks, Delft. I need to recess the doorway more and shade additionally under the eaves. The roof line is curved over the entryway.


  4. Cindy D.
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 18:43:27

    Beautiful and rustic! I like the two tones of red. And the windows are always really cool!


  5. ruthsartwork
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 22:23:35

    Thanks Cindy. For some reason I can’t get the lighting right on the camera this time. The colors are richer and more even than this shows and I like it in person better.


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