Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Inside my sketchbook … issue 9 ...

Oh pastels … where have you been all my life?

Now don't get me wrong … I'm as fond of a pastel hue as the next girl ... who spent her formative years in the eighties.

But the pastels I refer to are these …


Until recently … very recently … I had never touched them, perused them or used them.   But that's all changed.  Inspired by Shawna's recent use of them in her portraits I decided to give them a whirl.

And that's where it started … now I may have a little crush on them … now I may even be a bit stalkerish with them.

Here's my very first attempt … it's safe to say I hadn't a clue what I was doing … but I do know it was fun.


Messy, smudgy fun.

Here's my second attempt … some random guy from the newspaper … who can't complain that I made his face soooo long.


And then my third attempt.  I gave Adam Goodes a go … he's an AFL footballer and the current "Australian of the Year".


Hubby says his ears are all wrong … I say who cares!

Then my fourth attempt … a little sail boat on Sydney Harbour.


Attempt number five. A little flight of fabrication, fantasy and fun.


And there you have it … five pictures in two days.  I'm clearly in the throes of a new and steamy romance … five dates in two days IS a little excessive.

I must take a break … pull myself together … perhaps allow myself a little treat … pastille anyone?


20 comments:

  1. You certainly are in the throes of a new romance! Wow, some fantastic work there! Loving the portraits, I have never attempted faces...somehow I don't think I would be especially good at them. The pastels look like they are fun, even if very messy!

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    1. They really are … fun and messy ;0)
      You should give faces a go … you may surprise yourself.
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  2. You are on a roll - these are brilliant especially the random newspaper man,. xxx

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    1. It's good because nobody knows what he was supposed to look like ;0)
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  3. Fantastic, Jo! You have a lovely soft but realistic style. Pastels are addictive. Smudging is fun. Do more more more!
    xoxo

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  4. Well I love em all but I really love your little boat. And looking back a bit, gorgeous crocheted blanket missis! x

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    1. I've been busy lately … busy doing things that mean I'm not doing housework ;0)
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  5. Jo these are brilliant, you definitely deserve a pastille - have two why don't you, you've earned them . . xx

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    1. Why thank you I will … maybe even three ;0)
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  6. New romances, all heady stuff, that's why you had 5 dates in 2 days! have lot's of pastilles, if you don't mind could I have a green one? your pastels are amazing, just brilliant, I have no favourite's at all, and I am really looking forward to your next pieces, as Vix said, you are on a roll x x x

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    1. I'll be rolling down the hill if I keep eating these pastilles ;0)
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  7. Love the softness that pastels give and these pics of yours are a fabulous demonstration of them. I like the bloke from the paper too and of course, who doesn't love a Rowntrees pastille?

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    1. Nobody at all … well except for my kids … all the more for me ;0)
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  8. Great pictures, Jo - you're enjoying this.aren't you?! Just don't get the pastels/pastilles mixed up... xxxx

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    1. I am enjoying it … though I've had to take a break … the house is going to rack and ruin … and the boys don't have any clean underpants ;0)
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  9. I love seeing what's inside your sketchbook! Love the portraits and the pastels, they look great xx

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    1. Thank you Kell … wonder what I'll do in there next time??
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  10. Thanks for the pastille, it was divine and I took two!! I am lovin your pastel work, your talents are endless really. Ears shmears, what would hubby know!! Favourite is your striped stocking angel with Red hair, hmmm, is this you Jo??

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    1. It may be me in an alternative universe where I have lustrous hair and very long legs ;0)
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