Sunday, February 20, 2011
I took these photos of her back in July of 2009. Shelley and I were working in the garden and Sparkle came over to beg a treat. Then she sat on top of this fence post watching us and enjoying her nuts. I got several good photos of her. The sun was behind her and lit up her tail gloriously. The photo I am working from for this one is badly blurred. But I can pick out enough information about the pose then fill in details from referencing the other photos I took that day.
So this is part of the first layer. I'm working on light gray velour paper with pastel pencils. Last week I got some new pencils I had ordered, Stabilo Carbothello, and they are sufficiently soft to lay down a pretty good amount of pigment on this paper. As is usual for my first layer, I'm primarily concerned with setting down some base color while preserving my lines. Her tail is fanned dramatically over her and I can't wait to get to that part. But first I need to do the sky behind her and I'm trying to think of something a little different than just blue, but something that is still simple. Since the view in this painting is of such a small area - anything but panoramic - fancy cloud patterns are out. But I still want something distinctive. So that's my homework assignment for tonight, then back to Sparkle tomorrow.
By the way, it seems that nice beiges are so hard to come by in pastels or pastel pencils and it's frustrating.