I snapped a few shots with my iPhone along the way during my portrait of Kris. Unfortunately, they’re a bit blurry, but you can still follow my progress.
The interesting thing is that by the time I was at about the fourth photo, I was thinking of scrapping the picture and moving on to something else. I just didn’t think I’d be able to get it to work.
By the next photo, it was under control. So the message to all of you quietly and privately dabbling in the arts – and I know there are a lot of you! – is persevere.
The paper I am using is PastelMat paper which I order online from Dakota Pastels in America. The postage costs more than the paper – but I love the smoothness of it. I have also recently tried the Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede paper which may be equally good and available in Australia. At over $7.00 a sheet, you wouldn’t want to use it for practice paper!
This is where I was about to give up… then I had another crack at the eyes and smile… et voila, redemption.
I added a bit more depth to the background here by mixing some of the magenta in with the turquoise. This gorgeous turquoise, which I think I am going to marry, is a silky smooth and soft pastel stick from Schminke. I used my birthday Art Scene gift card to buy a small and costly set of Schminkes. I have a full set of Art Spectrums and a set of extra dark pastels by Terry Ludwig which I also buy online from my trusty US pastel shop, Dakota Pastels. Dakota looks like a lolly shop for pastel artists. It’s probably a good thing it’s on the other side of the globe.