Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Archive for January 2010

First Pastel Portrait

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I did my first pastel portrait! I really like to share it with all of you but unfortunately I cannot put up image of the painting until mid-February at the earliest 😦 . I did the portrait using Conté pastel pencils. Since I am a complete newbie, this is more like a study. I am still learning so the portrait is more painterly than realistic. I did not strive for the exact likeness too. Now moving on with the next painting.


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January 24, 2010 at 1:43 am

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Poppy Field

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I did Poppy Field after a reference photo from Wet Canvas. I did this acrylic painting after a very long gap. In spite of my initial apprehension, I was glad to see that I was able to mix the colors and get the right values and intensities I wanted. I believe working in watercolors can also help you improve your paintings in acrylic as well.
Poppy Field
6 by 12 inches on Acrylic paper

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January 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

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I am currently working on a landscape in acrylic. My computer is crashing and I am not sure if my scanner works. I hope I will be able to post my painting when I am done. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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January 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

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Playing Dress Up

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Here is my first painting for this year. I am personally not satisfied with the painting because of the error in judgement during the sketching stage. I read a tip somewhere online to use watercolor pencil for outline since the color would dissolve away during subsequent washes. For most part, the color did dissolve but the outline still remained. To make matter worse, I used sky blue watercolor pencil to outline the sketch. I had to use the “proxy” brushes for cleaning the dental braces to scrub away most of the stubborn lines. It helped to a certain extent. So I feel my result is so and so.

This sweet shy girl is my niece playing dress-up for a fancy dress competition at her school. The reference photo is courtesy of her parents. I hope they like it.

9 by 12 inches on 140# watercolor paper

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January 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Posted in figure, watercolors

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