Monday, May 10, 2010

Another Monday Drawing Class Pastel

"White Pitcher and Lemons"
15" x 13"
Pastel

Last week I had to allow myself some free time after many busy weeks attending a workshop and preparing and hosting Silicon Valley Open Studios. The only time I did any art was with my Thursday evening group. This morning, though, I went off to my wonderful drawing class and had fun doing this pastel. Of course, it's really half done, but it will likely end up in the stack with the other half-done pieces. I learn a great deal from these exercises, especially about modeling form. Bob helped me select the pastel paper. The drapes were greys, but there was no grey paper in my price range, so he suggested a lovely soft lavender. I rather like the effect.

I will be away from the computer for a bit. Hope my blog friends have a wonderful time sharing art.


16 comments:

hwfarber said...

This is lovely, Mary. I enjoy pastels, too, until the framing part.
Lavender was a great choice for a painting with lemons.

Kathy said...

It looks completely done to me. What a lovely piece of art!! I love the subtlety and the delicate pitcher. Nice work!

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is just beautiful, Mary. I'm surprised you don't finish these starts and sell them. They are all so lovely.

Janice said...

Mary this is a charming and lovely piece of art. Even if you don't do anything else to it, I can see it framed and finished just as it is :)

Nina E Jørgensen said...

I agree, a lot of the work i do during art classes are more practise rather than finished work, but I think that is good. And no I was not aware of Sabra Field, i really like some of her work, especially one called Fox in Winter, it is very simple but very beautiful! And some of her work reminds me of old japanese prints like her 'mountain autumn'. Anyways thanks for sharing!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, the lavender paper was a great choice. You achieved beautiful highlights on the pitcher. This is very nice work. i agree with the previous posts: this should be framed!

Barb Sailor said...

This is a beautiful pastel, especially that beautiful pitcher. It is so expresively delicate with lovely lines.

sundownerin said...

hey mary!! i need more of your beautyful pictures!!!! smile

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary, I hope you're enjoying your time away from the computer...it's a good idea I think! I like your work with pastel and drawing; the violet is great!

Margaret Bednar said...

Very nice composition, but the colors are phenomenal against the violet - the yellows and greens really pop and the highlights on the vase are beautiful!

Jake Louis McDonald said...

wow thats really impressive i tryed to do still life once don't think it was very good =]

PAMO said...

It's beautiful Mary! Truly gorgeous! When you get back- I'd be honored if you'd rejoin my new blog: http://pamoblog.blogspot.com/
Take care and enjoy your break from blog land.

janice said...

You really captured the soft shine of the pitcher, and your modeling is quite successful-difficult sometimes with light-colored subjects.

Creative Carmelina said...

this looks like it's going to be great....pastels are so much fun!

enjoy...and thanks for sharing!
ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Mary Paquet said...

What fun to come home and see all the nice comments from friends. I will be checking in on your blogs soon.

Mary Paquet said...

Janice, I can't seem to locate your blog -- not sure what I am doing wrong. Thanks for your delightful comments.