Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pastel Sky



Pastel / 5X7 (12.7cmX17.78cm)


I've been doing pastel warm-ups like this one, but I don't own too many colors and the sketches are all starting to look alike.  Time to start painting.

Our springtime skies in the Pacific Northwest are still moody, so it will be nice to sit outside and paint.
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Thanks to watercolorist Rhonda Carpenter, I've also been having lots of fun with an art journal.

 Rhonda's been featuring some of her creations from the Sketchbook Revival sessions on her blog:  http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com/.

 Check them out when you have a chance.  They are pretty nice!


40 comments:

  1. I love this sky and the sky below ! WOW!
    Hugs, Susi

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  2. Your sky is beautiful! I admire all who are able to paint with pastels, because I am not (and I hate the dust on my fingers :))
    Now I shall look that link.
    Warmly, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      Yes, the pastel dust goes everywhere, but they are nice to use for a change.

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  3. I think your sky is beautiful ...
    Lovely colours Chris.

    All the best Jan

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  4. I love how pastels are so perfect for skies. They seem to be vaporous like clouds-sort of drift around on the paper. This is beautiful-you're inspiring me!!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. They are definitely fun to play with.

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  5. Gorgeous! This is deffo one for framing I think. Best wishes.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful Chris!!! Keep them coming!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. Appreciate your lovely comment.

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  7. This is beautiful Chris! I love the depth you've created, and would never know you're working with a limited color palette.

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  8. You've captured a fantastic atmosphere here - a wonderful view into the distance! It looks as if the clouds are falling to earth......
    Warm regards Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike, for your lovely comment.

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  9. I am absolutely loving the skies series Chris! beautiful :)

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  10. Watercolor, oil, pastel - is there any medium you can't use? This is beautiful and soft and nothing wrong with them all looking similar (a good series in the making?). So glad you are enjoying Sketchbook Revival and the great videos!!

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. Yes, I have just loved Sketchbook Revival, thanks to you!!

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  11. Your pastel skies are my kind of painting - you are inspiring me to get my pastels out and try a few of these too. Rhonda's sketchbook is delightful. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Yes, break out those pastels!!

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  12. Hello Chris, but those sometimes leaden skies give a lot of play and atmosphere to paint them, they are usually very blue here, of course that's what our imagination is for.
    Greetings.

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    1. Thank you, Jose. There aren't many yellow skies around here either...

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  13. lovely piece :) you should get more colours :) but then again working with a minimal colour scheme can create some really nice pieces because you have to be creative with the colours you do have :)

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  14. Beautiful sky! Love the simplicity!

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  15. A warm up?? it's really soft and dreamy and I found myself being drawn into the picture - great sky - love it!
    Hope your having a lovely weekend.
    Gill x

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    1. Thank you, Gill. Appreciate it.
      And yes, the weekend was great. Hope yours was, too!!

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  16. Hello Chris,
    Impressive these colors. Great!!

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Appreciate your lovely comment.

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  17. Chris, I think this and the previous are both lovely. This once sets a beautiful calming mood for me. Love the photos of around town and I am homesick for the PNW now!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. And I can understand why you miss living in this part of the country. I'm so thankful we made the move here...

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