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Nellie the Belgian

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Last year my sister got a new horse, Nell. She is huge they have other Belgian draft horses but none are quite this big. I headed over for a visit and took some great photographs. But I took this one close up of her face, just one eye and piece of face I just love it. It’s been sitting in my ‘studio’ (bedroom) for awhile now, I really wanted to paint this it was such a great shot.

This weekend I moved my work area out of my bedroom to the kitchen. I got everything nicely set in front of the window, I feel more comfortable in this spot and I am close to everyone instead of far far away. The kids were gone and I had bought my very first piece of sanded pastel paper. Perfect time to paint.
Nell
I have never tried this sanded pastel paper before I had read an article on it and really wanted to test it. It was just like the fine sandpaper you get from the hardware store. The paper was a nice reddish colour and so is Nell…..perfect. Laying down the base colours was great this paper blends beautifully and takes far more punishment than regular paper.
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I put a few layers of colour down building slowly. Once I was happy with it I started on the details, adding a bit at a time. I used both the soft pastel sticks and the harder pastel pencils which give me a finer detail for the smaller areas. The sanded paper does wear down your pastels quicker but I can put several layers down where as I cannot on regular paper.

Jack Russell

So I have been a bit quiet of late. I do find it hard to be inspired when I look at databases all day. Must put new job at the top of my to do list 🙂

So the original plan was to do a sketch a week and post, hmmm, best laid plans and all that! But will still try to keep it art/design/craft/DIY oriented and hopefully I dont wander in my verbage to the gripe and moan genre. Well, I will keep to a min if I do LOL!

When looking for inspiration I was asked if i could sketch a friends dog. I got out the sketchpad and the graphite to start work and decided that I might give the pastels a shot. Its been years since I did anything with pastel.

So this old guy’s name is Jackson, a Jack Russell, it didnt come out to bad? I scored some old mats at a yard sale so at least he looks more refined.

I love, love to create, its hard to explain, but, I feeel like without it I am missing a big part of who I am. This is what I want to do. I want to paint and draw and sell my art, but I also fear sometimes that it wont sell, art is a tough field. My self esteem has been takening a bashing for a while now (long story bad boss) so I am pusshing myself to create and post.

So here is jackson.

Jackson and his photo
Jackson and his photo
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Final piece
Final piece