Saturday, September 17, 2011


I had done some additional work on Bracken, the Golden Retriever, and was moving him off my art table to a "safer" place when I dropped her!  As you can see, the pastel came off in many places!

This is the first time this has ever happened to me although I've read about it happening to many others.  Sooooo, velour is no longer a favorite support around here.  Fortunately, I only have a couple of sheets of it left.

But, I'm not really so unhappy that it happened.  I wasn't crazy about the portrait and now I can make some changes and not worry about the tooth being filled.  I'm a "the glass is half-full" kind of person! lol


Antonio Machado said...

Hello Jam
I admire their work on dogs. They are gentle and expressive!
Above all I love dogs, I have two: a German shepherd and a mutt. Both females, beautiful and very friendly.
Congratulations on your work

sue said...

What a pain Jan ... although I can't actually see any 'bald spots' on your photo.

When I did a workshop with Vic Bearcroft who specialises in pastel on velour he advocates really rubbing the under layers of pastel into the velour vigorously using hands or sleeves of sweatshirts in his case ...

I've still got a horse pastel on velour I completed a year ago using his techniques - it
isn't behind glass and just gets moved from shelf to shelf in my 'studio' .. although some pastel dust does come off if I tap the paper, mostly the work looks unchanged. (But I still don't like working on velour much)!

Jan/ said...

Thank you Antonio, and thanks for stopping by. I love dogs too and actually just about all animals.

Sue, you're right - there really aren't any totally bald spots but it's lost a lot of pastel. The green background is showing through badly.

I'd always had good experiences with velour before too and after your comment about what Bearcroft said, I realize that I was using pastel pencils pretty much exclusively on the velour before and with them being so hard, they did get rubbed in well.

As I said, I don't care much - it's just a good opportunity to re-work the painting.