Number 2 finally finished

Pastels finished

After several days of pastel and a bit of colored pencil, this one is finally finished .  Adding the white flowers is always a bit tricky as the fixative usually tends to fade it out, so the last thing is a bit of colored pencil over the top.  I played extensively with the greens of the foliage and the red and yellow flower colors.  Once again I am looking for a balance that was complicated by the barn in the background.  I didn’t want too much attention to be drawn away from the house, but the client was pretty firm that the barn was special too.  It turned out pretty well, I think.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Des
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 08:33:50

    It’s gorgeous, Ruth! From the rich colors I was surprised to read you used colored pencil and pastels over ink. You’ll have to let us know what the client thought of it.


    • ruthsartwork
      Apr 30, 2019 @ 09:34:54

      Thanks, Des. I use a glossy fixative which “pops” the colors. After 40 years, I can pretty well predict the outcome. I use the pencils for some fine color detail that are hard to get with the pastels.


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