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Inquisitive pastel seal under water

                                                                     Inquisitive
                                                                       9"x12"
                                                                       Pastel

Not sure but think this might be Penguin day.  No, this isn't a penguin, couldn't get motivated to do one or anything else.  Not ready to tackle my next project and was just casting about looking for something I could do.

So  made up a quick pastel support using watercolor paper and acrylic inks.  Then once that dried I applied a layer of clear gesso.  For whatever reason clear gesso has a grit to it and it makes it perfect to hold several layers of pastel and makes for a very economical sanded support.  I really liked getting some pastels out of the box that I don't usually work with.  And, think it gives a very under-the-sea appearance.    I am still into color because it is so gray here - no rain today but never have seen the sun yet!!   After 4 or 5 days it gets rather depressing.

This picture actually was inspired by a photo I saw in DC last December, part of the Windland Smith Rice exhibit that recognizes wildlife photographers.


Comments

hmuxo said…
How sweet this little guy is, Nelvia. Love his expression!!!
What a charming painting Nelvia and the title is perfect! I really like the colours.
Joan Tavolott said…
Wonderful job on him and the background,
Sheila said…
Amazing detail in the eyes, and everything else is perfect too Nelvia :) Sweet smile :)
Nelvia said…
He just looked like he could take off and start talking to you.
Nelvia said…
Thanks Val, never sure how or who is going to keep me company in the art room. I too have a newfound respect now for lime greens
Nelvia said…
Thanks Joan, waiting with anticipation for your next posts
Nelvia said…
Thanks Sheila, I had fun with the colors in the eyes too
Very cute. In the days I saw a report from a famous American painter whose famous ocean images are famous, the amazing surface of the ocean that he transmits. Unfortunately, I do not know his name. Now that's your picture.

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