Reeves Water Soluble Pastels

Week 14 - Reeves Water Soluble Pastels 24 color set purchased for $10.50 at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. Brenda and I decided to take a spur of the moment road trip down to the Historic Savage Mill so that I could make pinhole photos of the ruins beside the Little Patuxent River and the only remaining portion of a Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge. We found the art supply store in the Savage Mill shopping complex and they had a nice variety of supplies, mostly stamping and inks as the name would suggest.

Working with the pastels started off promising, when I made a drawing of bright red-orange springlike flowers. My next drawing of a Sunflower using a reference photo, was a bit more troublesome with it resembling a picture drawn with a box of crayons. And the last drawing did not work at all, not what I was envisioning of tentacles coming from the bottom of the page. I feel that my drawing skills were lacking for that one and that I was a bit tired before starting to work on it. Some of the colors did not blend at all when applying water, with a crayon type texture showing through.

I used the pastels on plain watercolor paper in a Strathmore Visual Watercolor Journal. I think I should have done a little more research for techniques on how to use water soluble pastels - I had watched a few YouTube videos and one in particular suggesting a base of Gesso to be applied to the paper first. I have to admit I was very busy this week with other creative and extracurricular activities, not leaving me much time to experiment with these. I may revisit them in the future and give them another try.

I also attended a live model figure drawing session on Sunday afternoon, and have been participating in the Sktchy30 drawing challenge using the Sktchy App, but I'm going to have to forego finishing the Sktchy challenge, my mind is mentally exhausted.

Next up in Create-A-Thon 2017 - drawing with a variety of brush pens.