Oh my gosh! Why oh why did I set myself this challenge? Ah yes, to get me into the studio more! The challenge of which I speak is this: to be in my studio for 15 mins a day in 2020. It doesn’t matter what I do there, I just have to BE THERE! So far, I’ve tidied, done thumbnails, and looked at art books. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore (and I was hoping this would happen!). I needed to pick up my pastels! But I had so little time. And for some reason, the idea of making mini copies of work by artists I admire came to mind. Soooo that is what I did!
I had come across a beautiful oil painting by Edward Seago (while doing some research on him for my Mum as inspiration). In my panic as to what to do in 15 mins, I urgently felt the need to get my fingers into colour and pastels. I have no idea what made me put this need and the Edward Seago painting together but it happened.
Because of the time limitation, I grabbed a small leftover scrap of UART paper and went at it. I also figured this was a good opportunity to start using the selection of Unison Colour pastels I’d chosen as possible candidates for my own Unison set.
The next night I faced the same time dilemma and thought, Aha! I’ll do another one! This continued for five nights in all. So I’d like to share these mini copies with you along with the inspirational Seago original. I’ve also shown you both Seago’s work and my own in black and white to have a quick comparison.
The next evening I found one of Seago’s beautiful watercolours. It was mostly light value (snow and sky) so again, it was a great opportunity to try out ‘my’ set using a different selection of colours! It was sure tricky getting the detail of the gate with big pastels!
The next four pieces are done on Art Spectrum’s Colourfix. I had some sample pieces hanging around so I thought they’d be perfect for this exercise. Small problem – they were even smaller than the UART paper!
I chose the next Edward Seago piece because I wanted to get into greens. But gosh those darn cattle were difficult!! Whose ideas were these mini copies anyway?!
I needed a change from all the landscapes and so went looking for something else. I took on a real challenge when I chose this colonnade in the Doges Palace in Venice. What was I thinking? (Look at the size comparison between mine and Seago’s!)
And lastly, I chose what I thought would be an easy copy after the last one – basic water, grass, sky. Simple right? Well, not so simple at all!! I think this one may have taken me the longest to do. Definitely longer than 30 mins!
It’s amazing the things you learn when you copy. You understand how the master used value, colour, composition, aerial perspective, edge, and how the viewer’s eye is subtly led through the painting.
And that’s that! Hope you enjoyed this wee excursion through my pastelling for the last five days. This blog is a bit rushed and short because I’m in the midst of getting everything ready for my membership opening in a couple of days (Sunday 19th Jan!). And there’s still soooooo much left to do! So do forgive if this seems a bit rushed.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you though!! Please do leave a comment.
Until next time,
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