medium: soft pastels
time: about an hour (or 2 rounds of OnePercentYellow’s The Radjhani Express)
In my Prince and Picasso post, one of the Picasso quotes was:
What does it mean for a painter to paint in the manner of So-and-So or to actually imitate someone else? What’s wrong with that? On the contrary, it’s a good idea… and it’s at the very moment you make a botch of it that you’re yourself.
This, then, is a copy of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and me making “a botch of it”. It’s an impressionistic copy of an impressionist. Ha!
Why Van Gogh?
I wanted to focus on the sky so cropped the picture accordingly. Still true to this sketchbook as diary-istic, this gives me a chance to incorporate, albeit indirectly, one of my “likes”, i.e. Doctor Who. The episode “Vincent and the Doctor” is one of the family favourites and this painting was featured in it (or so my memory tells me). I was tempted to paint on the TARDIS but resisted. However, I did start with the TARDIS blue. 🙂
Another reason is that I wanted to include a copy of ‘a master’ in this sketchbook. I’ve never copied Van Gogh, ever! So, why not now?
Soft pastels were perhaps my favourite medium when I used to do a lot more art. It’s blendable and certainly suited my preference for broad strokes (as against fine lines and details).
With pastels on a dark background, you have to start with light colours first, then go dark before finishing with highlights. It’s the opposite way when working with other media: pens, pencils, watercolour. I think this ‘turn the rules on its head’ that I found most appealing when first introduced to the medium. That’s it: Be different!
I have a Faber Castell box of 60 which has been ignored for a good many years, until now. I didn’t use many colours for this though, did I? 60 and could not even find the right blue! So, I put in a dark purple instead and I love it. Just look at my fingers! Messy, messy art fun!
It’s not over yet but this has been a fantastic artistic journey and I’m on track with “becoming less of a frustrated artist”. So far I’ve done: still life, nude, landscape, modern art, collage, masterpiece copy (sort of) and have used pencils, oil pastels, watercolours, ink and soft pastels. This sketchbook is like a little portfolio. haha.
I’ve also kept true to the plan and happy to report that my zentangle cover is now finished. I will show photos on my final post, i.e. when I finish this project.
I’ve yet to tackle hands, feet, face and eyes….or portraits (aaargh). Will I or won’t I? Am I ready?