Monday, September 17, 2012

Speed Painting - Dog in Pastels - Golden Retriever by Mary Herbert

http://portra.co.uk/ - A time lapse film of my painting of Barney, a lovely golden retriever. I made it using pastels and pastel pencils on sanded paper (Fisher 400). This was a commission for Barney's family, and the painting is about 14x10". I hope you enjoy watching. To answer the FAQs that I usually get: This painting took about 12 hours work in total. I took my own photos of Barney to use as references. I don't use water or any fluids. The background and some of the under-painting is done using hard pastel sticks. The 'brush' looking thing I use on it at the start is a silicon 'colour shaper' tool: it blends the colours. Most of the work is done with pastel pencils. I use many brands of pastels as they all come in different colours. Mostly I use Faber Castell & Schwann CarbOthello. I used to use Derwent, but have had quality issues so I've stopped using them and cannot recommend them. The stick you can see some of the time is a Mahl stick, as used by sign-writers. It's just to lean my hand on without smudging the work. I do sell my work and take portrait commissions in the UK (it's my living, so please don't ask for freebies!), more about that on my website for anyone interested. I don't do any teaching or tuition, I just make these videos from time to time because people seem to enjoy watching the process. Hope you do too... happy viewing!