Friday, February 17, 2012

Le bougeoir framed

This is the framed painting of the Spanish candlestick, as promised.

Le bougeoir espagnol

Bougeoir espagnol is French for Spanish Candlestick, but of course you knew that.  I didn't keep many notes on this one. The support is Pastel Mat, and this first image is of the dark background filled in around a lightly-drawn candlestick which has had a wash of alcohol before moving on to softer pastels. 

The second image is the finished piece. I used mostly Sennelier pastels, with a touch of Schminke for the deep reds, and pastel pencils for the matchsticks. Image size is 9 x 6.5 ins. or 23 x 16.5 cm. I did not use a mat when framing, but stuck the support onto a backing piece of mat board to stiffen it, and made up a wooden fillet, painted black, to keep the image away from the glass. I'll post a picture of the framed piece if I can photograph it without too many reflections.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


This is a painting that I did last summer of a hydrangea blossom that has thrust its way through a neighbour's fence. I called it "Don't fence me in". I had not photographed it as I worked on it, but I can tell you that it's entirely composed of Rembrandt pastels on Clairefontaine Pastel Mat. Rather than do a blow-by-blow account of it, I have posted some close-up pictures of a few details. The original is 26 x 36 cms. or 10.25 x 14.5 ins. approximately.

I left most of the florets somewhat vague, but I did work on this single one to provide a focal point in the blossom:
This is a close-up of one of the shadow areas, with a sketchy showing of a leaf in the background:

And this is the single water droplet I included in the painting (less is more). You can see that there is not much to it: