Comment by Alan Minshull on May 24, 2011 at 8:09pm

Jennifer,

This is really very good!! Very nice! is it oils my friend? 

Now I know why you like ripples on water, they add that extra special little magic to a water scene, especially one as lovely as this.

 

Best splashes

Alan :)

Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on May 24, 2011 at 8:18pm
actually, this was done with soft pastels, Mitch.  Thank you for the compliment!  Yes, ripples are real easy with soft pastels, but not so easy with acrylics!
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 24, 2011 at 8:30pm

Pastels! Im impressed much! 

This is an area I am going to have to get into Jeni, I've seen so many amazing pictures that i thought were paintings but turned out to be pastels. They are fantastic. Do you use the pencil variety or blocks, sticks?

Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on May 24, 2011 at 8:34pm
Thanks Mitch!  I've got GREAT pastel tips for anybody interested in working with soft pastels too!  Once you learn to properly manipulate them - they are truly a great medium to use.  My first efforts weren't that great, however my last portrait was "Boris".  Compare him with the other pastels I uploaded and see the difference.  Practice is really a good thing.
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 24, 2011 at 8:35pm
I shall go and have a look now my friend, thanks, I might be calling on you soon haha
Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on May 24, 2011 at 8:36pm
Mitch, I used mostly Rembrandt and Unison soft pastels.  For detail work, I use pastel pencils, or pastel sticks.  The Rembrandt and Unison come in sticks, 3-inch sticks.  I sharpen the pastel pencils on a regular pencil sharpener when I need to do finer details, like individual hairs, or eye  highlights, or eyelashes.
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 24, 2011 at 8:40pm

Jeni

write up a new discussion about this, share your tips and techniques in the appropriate section, group. Your knowledge is priceless.

Thanks dear friend and wishing you a smashing wonderful day :)

 

I bet your fingers look like starburst when your done hahaha

:)

Comment by Robin Lamarche on May 28, 2011 at 12:48pm
WOW........ beautiful.
Comment by Jenifer Nadira Knight on May 28, 2011 at 3:02pm
Robin:  thanks!  Everyone seems to really like this one.  Believe it or not, this also was done in 'soft pastels', not just that, this painting took just under an hour to complete, while the other swan took about 2-3 days!  I'm not sure why that happens.  Sometimes a painting seems to "paint itself", while I may struggle with others...Just goes to show you though, the speed with which you can work with soft pastels.  You can accomplish a painting in record time using soft pastels, while with other mediums i.e., oils, acrylics, watercolors, a painting may take days, even weeks, or months to complete!
Comment by Robin Lamarche on May 29, 2011 at 12:27am
I so suck at pastels... of any knid....... i wold love to be able to paint like this... If you ever do any on-line classes I would love to be in your class.  I have done some pencile grafite drawing, a bit of INK and fountain pens, color pencils, watercolors,  acrylics, pottery, and painting on them. They can take along time to paint as it usually takes 3 or more coats of paint.  Your artwrok makes me want to learn how to do use this medium.

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