A lot of pastelists are under painting their pieces with watercolor these days. I have been dabbling with under painting limited areas of some pieces with quality colored permanent markers. A person can pretty much decide how much they want it to show through or if they want to cover it up entirely. In these two particular pieces, I'm not sure there was a whole lot of benefit in using it, but I like the ink drawings in themselves before any pastel went on the pages. Just a different look.
With the shells, I actually explored the piece both digitally, as well as with the pastels. I thought of having some custom made fabric printed with the shell design to use for some chair seats I wanted to re-upholster. Not so sure I will follow through, but I may order a swatch, if only out of curiosity to see how this particular Pantone color will print.
What has amazed me as of late is how much technology has benefitted the home decorating industry. I have found online businesses that can make tiles of your custom design or photographs for your home; other sites that can make rugs and drapes from your design; and Spoonflower now does wall paper and wall decals along with fabric. Amazing!Anyway, here below are the two pieces finished in pastel. Although I may sneak a face or two in, for a while I am focusing on some smaller pieces that are non-face related.
Well, that's all for this rainy Tuesday here in Florida. Until next time, take care!