Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My version of Carol Marine's "Be Discreet"

Inspired by the looseness of Carol Marine's One a Day oil paintings, did a study of one of her recent daily paintings, "Be Discreet", but with soft pastel. Even though the main focus was to paint loosely, I still did a little blending which killed the look of spontaneity. One of these days, I will learn not to blend :D

Soft pastel on linen coated with gesso/aluminum oxide, 8 x 6

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Small study

A quick little rough study using soft pastel on HP Illustration board coated with a mixture of gesso and aluminum oxide, 7 x 5

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sketchbook pages

A couple of pages from my homemade 4 x 6 sketchbook

Edit: adjusted contrast and reposted

Monday, November 22, 2010

Portrait sketch

A while back, I purchased the Unison Soft Pastel 18 color portrait set and figured it is about time I try them out. Think I need to practice more ....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.  ~Henri Nouwen

Chili Pepper

Soft pastel on Wallis, 3 x 4.5

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Figure Oil Sketch

A small 8 x 6 monochromatic oil sketch on rough canvas using burnt umber and titanium white.

Pastel Portrait Sketch

A 12 x 9 portrait sketch done on Blick brand charcoal paper with various brands of pastel. Think it is time I go have my eyes checked, alignments are off on a regular basis. At first I thought it was from lack of practice but more and more starting to think it is my eyes that is the problem.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sketches of the Day 11/8

Graphite on sketch paper, 12 x 9

Oil on board, 8 x 6

Soft pastel & charcoal pencil on sketch paper, 12 x 9