Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Spanish Candle

This little candlestick cost me 50 cents at a vide grenier (car boot sale - literally attic clearance) and I thought it would make a colourful still life. I tried out various backgrounds - light as per Andrew Hemingway; dark as per Na Luther, who usually has a very dark brown background. I liked none of those and eventually settled on my favourite really dark green and dark blue Senneliers blended together, getting my hands  really dirty in the process. The support is Art Spectrum, which I have not used before. I don't like it as much as Pastelcard - although Pastelcard does not tolerate being wetted. My absolute favourite remains Clairefontaine's Pastelmat.
The photograph is not as good as it might be, as my camera could not deal with the contrast.