It's been a few weeks since I updated this blog. I've been swamped with Girl Scouts, Girl Scout cookies, more snow, and finally succombed to my lingering cold/cough last week. I've seriously gone through no fewer than seven boxes of tissues since Friday. Seriously.
On top of that I tweaked my back, thanks to all the coughing I'd been doing. Thank God for icyhot and heating pads.
I'm finally feeling (mostly) back to normal now, and thought I'd share a finished pastel. As part of the Studying the Masters class, I decided to try one of Cezanne's still lifes. Cezanne painted lots of still lifes, and lots and lots of apples. It was hard to settle on just one painting.
I used soft pastels a piece of Canson pastel paper for this, and it was a good lesson in using color, sketching and technique (given that oil paint and pastels are really not that much alike). And blending. Boy did I really get to really play with and explore blending - something that's not as easy to do on the sanded Uart that I usually use. I realized that I'll need to invest in disposable gloves for blending. I can't tell you how long it took to get all the pastel off my hands afterwards.
This was also the first time I'd used the Canson paper. I wasn't expecting it to hold as much pastel as it did. And I really lathered the pastels on, using lots of my really soft Great American and Senniliers. In my pastel class we use UArt or a prepared surface, so I'd already had a bit of a bias against the Canson before I started based on what I'd heard from others in class. But I loved this paper and can't wait to try another painting with it.
I hadn't tried a still life in pastel before, and I really like it. When the weather gets a bit better I think I'll set one up on the patio.