This portrait of the Pudel Pointer Sataya preoccupied me for the duration of the Stay At Home here in Minnesota. Natural light was in short supply on many days. Extra lighting did not help on the rainy, cloud covered sky days. But I remained calm while working until the last few days. Then I became impatient.
Thanks to sunny weather, I plowed ahead. The challenge to complete this portrait was to integrate the coat colors from two different shots of Stataya, the Pudelpointer. Depending on the light in the photos that I use as a point of reference her coat is reddish with light blond to white highlights. But there are darker streaks that are liver color.
My interpretation swung between the two photos kept me second guessing what would capture Sataya’s expression and the correct color. For the past few days while tightening up the drawing, my fiddling with the details led to indecision and more fiddling. A dangerous place in a drawing.
Pastel pencil and soft pastel sticks are combined to create this drawing. A light spray of workable fixative is used about midway through the process. I build upon the pastel pencil gradually. Sataya ‘s coat is many colored and layered. That part was fun. Then overlay is added in with the soft pastels here and there and for the grey background.
There comes the point to know when to stop. “Stop!” I said, more than once as the light faded in the last few days. A good drawing can go sideways otherwise. It’s called “Overworking a drawing”. The fresh look of a drawing makes or breaks the spontaneity of the image. All that work and suddenly, I see that I may have gone too far. no no no no
My Advice: Walk away from the drawing and look at it tomorrow.
After a refresh and some time to do other stuff, Friday arrives. The weather is gorgeous! Here’s the latest photo of the portrait of Sataya the Pudelpointer.
The drawing is shaping up, but my box of pastels is missing a particular shade of deep maroon.
Dick Blick Art Materials in Roseville helped to fill my order. I drove to the store and had a no touch delivery to my car’s trunk. A kindness that made me very grateful for their personal help.
At this point details are being refined. The work continues, when the sun returns this week.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Be kind to each other wherever you maybe.