Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 - 30 in 30 Challenge

A return to a previous posting of an "unfinished rose."  I have now finished the drawing of the roses so I will submit this as my Day 24 drawing.  Golden Roses is pastel on sanded paper and is 10.5 x 8 inches.

Day 23 - 30 in 30 Challenge

I have the privilege of taking a 3-day workshop with Teresa Saia (  This is the pastel that I did for the first day.  Teresa has been helpful in catching me "noodling" and putting in strokes and detail.  I'll be working on that for the next two days also.  This is called Lyons Park Vista - classwork.  It's on UArt sanded paper with an acrylic wash background.
Lyons Park Vista - classwork - pastel - 11 x 14 ©Kay Dewar

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Still working on not overworking the pastel.  I needed someone to take away my pastels about 90% through this painting, but it will come with practice.  Another sky/clouds/reflections drawing from my own reference photo.  Cumulus Reflections is 7 x 5 inches and is pastel on PastelMat.
Cumulus Reflections - 7 x 5 inches - pastel ©Kay Dewar

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Lots of other things to be done today and I'm feeling a bit flakey.  I pulled out an old photo of mine of a still life onion on a plate.  It became too overworked and I will probably try recreating it at a later time.  However, to keep up with the Challenge I'm posting it anyway.  My flakiness led me to an imaginative and flakey title.  This is "Red Onion Considers Her Options" and is about 5 x 5 inches in pastel on PastelMat.
Red Onion Considers Her Options - 5 x 5 inches - pastel ©Kay Dewar

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20 - 30 in 30 Challenge

Working my way through September...Day 20 is already here.  Today was a busy day and I tried a larger format today --so it's late in the day when I'm posting.  This image is a view over Oyster Bay looking west.  The cumulus clouds were large and majestic.  So this image will be titled "Majestic Clouds Over Oyster Bay."  It is 10 x 13 inches and is pastel on UArt sanded paper.
Majestic Clouds Over Oyster Bay - 10 x 13 inches - pastel - ©Kay Dewar

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 19 in the 30 in 30 Challenge

Day 19 has been a bit of a struggle.  However, on each one I figure out ways to help myself get closer to what I want to see, or what I imagine the work should be.  On our neighborhood walks we pass a mailbox which is painted bright shiny red.  So this piece is called "The Red Mailbox."  It is 7 x 5 inches and is pastel.
The Red Mailbox - 7 x 5 inches - pastel ©Kay Dewar

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18 - 30 in 30 Challenge

For Day 18 more experimentation.  My photo of a sunset was inspiring but my initial attempt to depict it in pastel was not good!  So since I used UArt sanded paper I knew that I could use water on it.  I brushed off as much pastel as I could and then ran water over it.  I had a ghost of an image  and after it dried I started over again.  I wet the new first layer of pastel, let that dry, and then painted only with dry pastel.  I like this version better.  I'm calling this "Sunset Illuminated-Study" and it is 5 x 7 inches.
Sunset Illuminated-Study - 5 x 7 inches - pastel ©Kay Dewar