Day 4 30 Day Challenge - An Experiment Gone Awry!!

                                                           Red-Throated Conure
                                                                         4"x4"
                                                              Color Pencil/Pastel
Well I am a firm believer that you just got to try it.  And conveniently that is what is great about doing the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge - you stretch, you can experiment and win or goof and not feel too bad about it.  When I write my memoirs, when I am 90, I want to say I tried it, did/didn't like it, but at least I tried it.  Well this is the case here.  If you are a bird person you know this is a far cry from what a Red-throated Conure looks like on a good day.

I wanted to do something in color pencil, been a while, and wow do you forget a lot when you don't do it.  Anyway I really like the pan pastels so put down the background and thought I would put a base coat red under the green head and green under the red/yellow belly.  Forgot that color pencil is transparent so I really couldn't get any traction on having the colors show up over the base coat.  I tried workable fixative - well that really didn't make much of a difference either.  So ended up putting some pastel over the pan pastel/color pencil globs below.

Don't get me wrong, there are things I like about this and it truly was a learning experience.  I think there really is a way to use pan pastels and color pencils together - I just need to keep on experimenting and who knows what I'll find out next?

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Comments

  1. That's the good part about the challenge...you can play with materials and find out what works with what and how you can change things. I love the reflected part of the bird's eye and the texture you have in the feathers. I may have to do a bird soon...I'm missing working with color that pops. All the dogs and cats I've done are so similar in coloring.

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    1. Yes, usually I don't make the same mistake twice, but I am experimenting with using multiple things to try to achieve the look I want. I know what you mean, I have already deviated from animals because it gets boring after a while.

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  2. I think that mixing media is much harder than just sticking to one but, as yu say, it is good to experiment. Keeping on plugging away there Nelvia

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    1. Well it is harder when it doesn't work, but who knows until you try it. I hate to sometimes post the abject failures but always think I might save someone else the trouble. I'm plugging girlfriend!!

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