Fun with pastels

Tulip of Versaille
Tulip of Versaille

My first pastel illustration for a long time featured a cow sitting in a field, it took several weeks to finish because I only go to class one night a week and rarely make time to do any illustration at home. For my next piece I decided to do something simple, or so I thought…Tulip of Versaille took just as long for me to complete as the cow illustration and the experience taught me to never judge something simple in appearance as easy to draw.

At the moment I attend art class twice a week, but have chosen to work on two different pieces so that I don’t get bored plus I have two different teachers and I’m curious to see what sort of influence the different teaching styles have on my artwork. Below is my third finished piece of work, I call it Technicolour Venice and if you think it looks too vivid or messy then you would be right, it is a far cry from the style of work that I usually do and the objective was  to be less controlling and perfectionist in my approach with this illustration. Not sure if I really like it, the picture reminds me of artwork you often see reprinted for hotel rooms, placemats and coasters but when I stand a few metres away it doesn’t look too bad.

Technicolour Venice
Technicolour Venice
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12 thoughts on “Fun with pastels

    • twoblackdoggies May 31, 2012 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you! It is something I love doing when I’m not playing with dogs and taking photographs. I’m happy that people like them 🙂

  1. restlessjo May 31, 2012 / 7:17 am

    It’s colourful and I certainly can’t do any better. It must give you huge satisfaction to see it finished. I sometimes think about enrolling but I’m a lost cause.

    • twoblackdoggies May 31, 2012 / 2:17 pm

      It is a great feeling when it is finished, also very therapeutic especially after a long day sitting in an office. I’m sure you’re not a lost cause, sometimes it is just about finding a medium that you love to work/play with whether it is clay, paint, pastels, charcoal etc 🙂

  2. birdcagedesign May 31, 2012 / 7:29 am

    Really beautiful! I love them both, you are very talented.

  3. megtraveling June 2, 2012 / 12:28 am

    I really like your pastels! As you would imagine I especially like Technicolour Venice, since I was just there. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work… 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies June 2, 2012 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks Meg! Glad you like Technicolour Venice although I am still undecided whether I like it. Am working on another illustration of Venice but it won’t be finished for a few weeks and will share it once I’m done 🙂

  4. kareninhonolulu June 5, 2012 / 4:02 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I would have bought that paining in a heart beat if all the stars were aligned. I love paintings of old colorful buildings. Great job!

    • twoblackdoggies June 5, 2012 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you, so glad you like it! I can’t ever imagine selling my work, have only ever sold one painting and that is because it was a portrait of children and their grandparents insisted on buying it. I tend to give my work away and even then I think only family have been the recipients 🙂

      • kareninhonolulu June 6, 2012 / 12:32 pm

        NO! You absolutely have to try and sell that. It is wonderful.

      • twoblackdoggies June 6, 2012 / 4:20 pm

        You’re so sweet, it is nice knowing that you like it so much 🙂

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