Friday, November 23, 2007


One of Fran's clients brought her a bouquet of flowers, including a sunflower. I painted it in pastel today, on a scrap of paper 5" x 9.5". Odd size, which will be annoying to frame, but it works for this single blossom. I love the feel of the pastel on the paper but I find it difficult knowing exactly where the line will be, unlike a pointed, round watercolor brush. It's much easier to do bigger work than this for that reason. I learned today that layering a dark color under another dark color gives an even darker and richer color than either of the originals. Fun.


Doris Glovier said...

Beautiful colors Jane. Love the dramatic background. I am learning about pastels little by little through your work. It's fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


My best art buddy does wonderful pastels (just got into a natinal pastel show, wins awards with them, etc.) in addition to doing watercolor. Her website is if you want to take a peek. I am always tempted to give them a try when watching her work or seeing her paintings as they are wonderful, but I probably never will due to the dust sensitivity I have plus limited time to take on one more medium! I, like Doris, learn a lot about how you are handling them from seeing your skills evolve. Great work we are seeing from you, a very rich-looking sunflower! I like the leaves, too.