Monday, August 2, 2010

PORTRAITS in Pastel


hello everyone...so lovely of you to pass by...I was going to show you pics of this weekend...BUT...I just finished these two portraits so you get to see these FIRST before the owner of them!
I haven't worked in pastels ...um,since 1997...I have had these GORGEOUS patels since my 18th birthday...they have travelled to Spain and back to the Uk...then over here to Canada with me...they are treasures to me...they connect me to create what I love to do.

I am now off to see what you have been up to...
Have a wonderful week.(if you don't come back to visit)
I will be back with weekend pics, and show you how these 2 look framed.

HUGS,
Char.x.

23 comments:

Kelly Berkey said...

Char, those are amazing portraits! I love the feel of pastels but have no idea how to use them properly. wow, you are an amazing artist and surprise me with the many talents you have!

Amanda said...

wow, those are wonderful! well done!!

**We BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Thank you sweet ladies...
Char.x

pilli pilli said...

I'm sure tey're going to LOVE them!!!
*hearts*

Sarah Coggrave said...

I have only one word for this: Wow! You've inspired me to get using pastels again...

Sarah x

andrea creates said...

wow-they look great !

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

These are so beautiful, Char! Bravo!

Daniel said...

Nice work! You're getting me psyched to teach my upcoming unit on pastels in a materials-and-techniques class. Thanks!

blue china studio said...

Oh my goodness! You are so so talented. These portraits are beautiful. Pastels scare me to death and I could never make anything that I ever liked with them. And you created these after all these years not working with them.

Wow!

Have a good day.

j

cindy said...

the portraits are fantastic. i love the textures and the light you've captured. lovely!

Silke said...

Did you see I visited today and then didn't have time to leave a comment! But I was planning to come back and now you reminded me - your pastels are AMAZING!! You are such a talented artist and I am sure the recipients will be thrilled!! I hope you are doing well, sweet friend!! Much love, Silke

Kiki said...

Char..such beautiful work..your art is super-inspiring and gorgeous! It is super lovely to meet you! Your blog is magic!

Thanks for you kind words and visiting me!
Kiki~

Victoria Sayer said...

Pastels. Yes I am familiar with them. They are such a lot of fun to work with, and sure make a bit of a mess with excess pastel dust when you are done. And one ends up with very grubby fingers!
I do have a 'secret' to using them...though it may not be a secret to you. I find that if I have a plastic container (an old icecream container works for me)with an inch or two of plain flour in it...and keep the colours that I am using in it, it keeps them lovely and clean as well as my fingers. Sounds funny, but it really does work. Oh, and for sharp clean edges...a sheet of white paper. Cut the paper into various shapes, to be used to cover areas that I don't want to touch, that way I can work right up to the very edge without smudging the bits that I want to leave out.
You have done a wonderful job on yuor portraits, by the way.
Glad you mother is recovering so well from her op.

Bellgirl said...

Wow, It's amazing to see the way the portraits develop, and how the final detaisl bring them to life!

My Owl Barn said...

These are amazing! I'm sure the owner will be very happy!

abby try again said...

wow! great portraits-good work :)

ann said...

beautiful portraits and I think it has been decided... time to bring those pastels out of retirement. I love trying a new medium! take care! ann

Jen said...

I love them entirely, but mostly the eyes! You have a talent that captures life in your art. I LOVE IT!!!

Cathy Bueti said...

Hi Char!!

Thanks for stopping by! So nice to "meet" you! Great post! Loving these! Beautiful portraits! Amazing!

xo

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

SO AMAZING!

Guusje said...

Wow, looks good!

I am terrible with faces, so respect from here!

a Hello from Holland,

Big Appeltaart x,

Guusje

Kooi Yong said...

Dear Char, you are such a talented artist , they look so real and lively....bravo!

One Woman's Thoughts said...

Pastels are a medium that I admire and find fascinating. ANd out of my league. Taking little sticks of powdery colors and the talent that you have to make such beautiful art is truly wonderful. Just lovely. I loved how you photographed a close up with the loose podwer still on the artwork.
A delightful blogsite that I find pleasing to visit.

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