Finding the pastels somewhat “flat” so experimented with adding some texture. First I covered the offwhite UART grit paper with all shades of red and orange and yellow pastel and painted over with mat gel medium. this created quite a thick covering that showed up all the brush marks. When completely drying painted over the pastels, like the affect. Will continue experimenting on the texture front and build up more layers using acrylic paint as the underpainting.
Making marks on paper can be quite exhilarating, my natural marks are soft organic sweeps curving this way and that so have tried making more liner marks on one of my 3o minute doodles recently and really enjoyed the difference. I am loving the pastels and have been experimenting with the different sanded pastel papers, they do appear to hold the pastels well which allows for many layers to be applied. Have used the the 240 and the 800 grit, quite a marked difference and wasn’t keen on the roughest one at all, seemed to end up with definite stripe effect to the finished work I have been using Unison and Jackson’s hand-made soft pastels, to he honest I cannot really tell the difference as yet..
A glorious day, sun shining brightly illuminating the frozen ground into thousands of jewel like like sparkles, a beautiful and uplifting sight. So what does if feel like to be 68 I asked myself this morning………. I cannot say the number of years moved me or the the fact it was my birthday, only the numbers curvaceous proportions spoke to me. The softness of their form reminded me of the feminine, our great mother, bounteous, voluptuous, abundant, sensuous and giving.
I suspect in numerology these numbers have great significance as there cursive forms suggest, possibly abundance and nurturing come somewhere in the gifts they manifest.
I am still taking time to be creative, but not always with colour and image making. My writing is taking up some days, spending time looking at all the books I have collected over the years and seeing if they still inspire me now. Researching materials and storage for all the pastels, they are such a messy medium, but oh so vibrant
This paper is Sennelier pastel card, doesn’t seem to hold the layers very well. Going to try a 400 course grit UART paper next time, have also ordered a trial pack of all the types from 250 – 800 grit
one of my decisions this time last year was to keep an art diary, for some reason, for many days I just started at the blank page and could not get inspired and then the day job just took over big time. So with the new year just started I thought I would try again. This time a different tack, have decided I can be creative in any way and it doesn’t have to be within the confines of my sketch book.
First two days I gathered some boards and papers, favourite cuttings from magazines, printed out some photos I have taken and so on. Now today is day 3 and finally did a quick soft pastel sketch using Unison pastels, handmade in England ! Kind of inspired by the view from my bay window this evening as the sun was setting. Felt very rusty, but very pleased with myself. This muscle over the past year hasn’t had much exercise as its been absorbed in the day ID day job.
This year I have promised myself a more balanced day, starting meditation, 3o min sketch with watercolour, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, the morning pages and a walk in the park taking pictures any details that inspire. Then, say once a month or more dedicate my creativity to weekend studio sessions, picking up on my daily creations and explore them further. We shall see how it all unfolds, if the intention is there I am sure something will come of it.