Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 09 Virtual Sketch Date

"Clemetine"
5 x 7"
pastel and colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board

Spent much of the day watching the innauguration with my young son reminding him that he was seeing history being made.

But I found time to finish this month's VSD (Virtual Sketch Date). As in my past VSD posts, I decided to try something a little different that the way I usually work. This month I did a pastel underpainting and finished with colored pencil on a tan-toned Ampersand pastel board.

Check out the other entries this month; many of them are wonderful. You can see many of the members' drawings on a Flickr page here.


30 comments:

Avocaken said...

Amazing how I can almost see into the Clementine! Really neat work. I work with oil paint but enjoy looking at other artists' work. Thanks for posting this wonderful piece.

Carolina said...

Very nice...

Angela Finney said...

I am commenting even before I go look at the other paintings or the reference. This is awesome -- the light quality is glowing. The rendering is exquisite. It explodes with light.

I have not tried pastes under color pencil as yet. Do you think they can be framed without glass as can the color pencil on patel board?

Cindy said...

I see you and Blue Bird Hill have been hanging out in the same places :-)

I really love the color in this, the dark blue contrasted with the bright orange...brilliant ;-)

Ana Tirolese said...

You did a fabulous job with this. My husband was looking over my shoulder and he said "Oh, WOW, that is really good!" then my son had to see it, so I turned the laptop towards him and he said "She is good! You had better really work hard to make yours as good." and my husband said "Yeah, take your time so that yours turns out that good." WAY TO RAISE THE BAR!

I really like how you cropped the image. The pastel undercoat with coloured pencil is brilliant. (Mine will be all coloured pencil).

Your work inspires me. It is so wonderful.

bluelilac said...

Absolutely stunning! Your pencil and pastel drawing resembles a fine oil painting. You have a fine style!

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Fabulous rendering of the image. Love the translucent tones you have created.

Fito said...

Hello Rhonda, thank you very much to visit to me you are very gentile, I have seen your work and I have liked much mainly orange with his taken off crust good technique, that you use acrlic? as you arrived blog? a great greeting and thanks again.

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Ann said...

Just beautiful! That clementine really glows.

Jeanette said...

This is truly wonderful. You've captured the soul of the clementine, the light, the colour...lovely.

Ramana KV said...

Fabulous.. Luv the glow on the orange and the shadows.

Anita said...

Wonderful!

Carol Feldman said...

Yes, I can see you are a very intimate friend of this Clementine. I love it.

NoNo said...

Fabolous!

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Beautiful!! You made this just spectacular - what pastels did you use for the underpainting? Just lovely!

"JeanneG" said...

Wow I can't believe how real yours looks. You sure got the illuminated part of the orange. Wonderful.

MILLY said...

Just beautiful, the colours, the light and the composition all work together to make a wonderful piece. It really glows.

Debbie said...

Wow! You are very talented! This is so real looking. I love the color.

SYLVIANE said...

Perfect!
I would have liked to paint that way!
this glow is marvellous...

Gail said...

Unbelievable Rhonda, the richness of this piece is terrific..I thought it was oil..then I saw the size, you achieved an impressive work in such a small space.
Bravo!

ego2005 said...

I made this image one of my faves on flickr, and again, beside a lot of amazing works this time, continues to be one of my favorites!

Stacy said...

Rhonda, your entry is beautiful! You have such clean shadow colors, something I wish I had done better with. I like your crop too.

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Thank you ALL for your very kind comments! So nice.

Angela: I don't know if I can frame this w/o glass. Probably should seal with acrylic spray first. I'll try it and post about it.

Regina: I used Prismacolor Nupastels. Very friendly with my Prismacolor pencils.

Jenna White said...

I really like your style and the crop you chose. It turned out beautiful :)

Jennifer Rose said...

this looks very soft. Wonderful job with the colours :D

rachelhoward said...

Wow. That lighting is stunning and I adore its softness. Really beautiful.

Does the combination of Prismacolor Nupastels and Prismacolor pencils mean that you can layer either on either? I've been playing around with pencil over pastel this week and obviously if you've got waxy pencils then you can't go over them with pastel. I was trying to get round it with watercolour pencils, but I don't have many of those and especially not a decent green!

I'll bookmark your site and check back - such beautiful work!

TeresaW said...

Your picture is so dreamy. It is indescribably realistic, I just feel as though I want to taste some of it. I love it.

Marie-Dom said...

What a beautiful painting. So translucent. Love the way you have captured the light too.
MD

laura said...

Just gorgeous--you really captured the translucency of the fruit; lovely job with the peels and the crop too.