Monday, March 23, 2009

New Pastel - Yorkie Puppy

"Yorkie Puppy"
Pastel on ColourFix
Jan Gibson

This is a painting I worked on this weekend. It's pastel on ColourFix, a sanded paper that I'm not real fond of using although I do prefer sanded supports over plain pastel paper. I think ColourFix would be just fine for land or sea scapes but it's really difficult to get good detail on subjects that need it. Also, it was next to impossible to get the little wispy bits of fur even with a very sharp pastel pencil. I think that could be pretty much solved by almost filling the tooth before adding the "wispies" but then it seems the pastel pencil just digs a trough instead of adding color. And that could solved by using a soft pastel on top but I don't own any and am hesitant to buy any as I don't particularly enjoy soft pastels. The pencils are great because my hands stay fairly clean and the dust is minimal. Regular soft pastels are too messy for my taste.

So, that's why I prefer velour or PastelBord for animal portraits - they just look softer and more realistic.

As I've said before, I like experimenting with the different media and materials and am definitely finding my favorites!


twincedar said...

He is so cute, Jan!

Christine said...

What a cute little painting! This little guy is adorable.

Teresa Mallen said...

Humm, is that mischief I see in this pup's eyes? :-) A real cutie Jan!

Teresa said...

He looks great... so appealing!

I can sympathize with all the experiments... I'm constantly experimenting thinking that "one day" I'll settle down with the perfect medium and the perfect technique (which will make the perfect painting!!). Yeah, right!

Well, I have fun learning new things anyway. I gessoed two sheets of canvas paper yesterday... getting ready to experiment with my new Chroma Acrylics (acrylics that behave like oils)...... Here we go again..... :-)

Jan said...

Thank you all so much for the nice comments. My mom had a little Yorkie whose name was Hot Toddy and she called him Toddy for short. He was such a great little dog!

Teresa, oh the quest for the perfect medium and perfect support! Ain't it fun?!!!! I have some of the Golden Open Acrylics and I do like them and I'm working on an acrylic painting today but will explain about that in a blog post when I finish. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - can't wait to see your experiments with the Chroma's!

"JeanneG" said...

These are such cute little dogs and you sure captured the look.

"JeanneG" said...

We had a Golden for 14 years and still miss her very much. Great job.

Jan said...

Thank you Jeanne, I think Goldens are a popular dog for a reason - they're just so easy-going and friendly.

christine said...

Aww, such a sweet little face! Great job!!