October 4, 2011

Fugitive Media - Pastels

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Yesterday, we were talking about fugitive media.  The piece I was working on was hanging up to dry, and while it was doing so, I started working with some charcoal pastels.

For those of you not familiar with them, this is what they look like. For those of you who are, be happy in your knowledge. ;)   In front of them are a couple of charcoal pencils.

(I apologize in advance for the quality of these photos - I was working outside on a beautiful fall day and the sun was either shining so brightly on my work that it was impossible to get good photos, or it was leaving me over the hours. )

I started out by sketching out my tree and ground with a charcoal pencil for my outline,

and then I used the sides of my charcoal pastel to sort of brush in the leaf area of my tree.  I used all of  my shades of green, the darker greens on the inner branches and the bottom of the tree;

the medium tones in the middle, and the lighter greens on the top of the tree and the left side, from where the sun is coming.  I even put a little yellow on the very top.

and to do all of that, I used my very expensive blending tool...

When it was "done", I once again painted it with a 50/50 blend base extender and water.

Something different tomorrow - and on Thursday, you'll find out what happened to that flower!

'Till then...



  1. Woah! I can leave comments again. I love the term Fugative Medium. I hadn't heard that before.

  2. I love this piece. I have a love relationship with nature and trees are one of my favorites. Are they freehand from the mine or do you use an actual tree? I can't wait to see what you do with it.


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