A piece of work of the day 9

A snapshot of my pastel drawing work I was done yesterday.  The image came to back of my head last week when I smelled at a custom blend essential oil for aroma therapy.

The oil called ‘Ho’oponopono’.

Ancient Hawaiian exercises the practice of forgiveness / reconciliation.

The scent was certainly brought me a relaxed and gentle feeling.  🙂

Well, to extend a bit about my pastel technique, it was my first time to draw turtles with pastel (or almost with anything to draw).  I would like to repeat a couple of more to draw about them better.  😉


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A piece of work of the day 7 – First workshop of 2017

Despite I am a qualified pastel art practitioner to open a class / workshop, I did not really make an opportunity for it this year (I have a lot of excuses why I was apart, but I will write about it another time).

So I really had a fun, good time yesterday with an attendee who came for my first workshop of the year.

She wants to make her greeting cards for her family and relatives overseas.  So prior to the workshop, I had asked a rough image or subject of what she wanted to draw before the session, then I drew prototypes by myself.  Those sample or prototypes are very helpful for those who do pastel works.  For her, it worked to elaborate her goal in clear image as to which color she wants to apply for here or there or on background et cetera.

This process is quite important for me, because as to whether she is happy with outcomes she makes in the end or not, will depend on how I capture what she wants.  For example, one of image she requested to make was Jakaranda bloom.  I used a few colors to mix to get the colors of petals, but the tone of the colors she imaged in her head (and see) and those that I produced wasn’t necessarily matching.  So I tried to make a different blend of colors to get to close to her image.

The photos below are my prototypes.   Her beautiful works can be seen from MY Pastel By Macquie.

She made really beautiful her own artworks for her greeting cards.  I am so happy to see her being happy with.

Yeah, I will have to come back to do more workshops to share this joy with more people :-).

She requested me to draw vegetables for closed relatives who are making vegetables.
Draft of jakaranda blooms. Can you see the difference between left bunch and the right in colors?

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A piece of work of the day 6

This time I tried Euphorbia pulcherrima (Christmas flower) for a greeting card.  I am not  crazy about Christmas itself but I like this flower and it kindly reminds me that festive season is approaching.  😉  For a complete piece can be viewed in here.

I usually start drawing straightway with a image that I have got in the head.   Sometimes it works out pretty well and sometimes it does not, and this time, it was latter.  I went through a quite bit of trials and error.  It could be better for next time, but for now, I am very glad to get this out.

It will be great to hear of your impressions / feedback, so please feel free to do so! 🙂

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