Thursday, September 13, 2018

German Shepherd Pastel Painting

Wally (pastel pet portrait)
8 x 10 pastel on Clairefontaine pastelmat
Private collection
Carole Rodrigue ©2018


Friends, this is Wally and he is an absolutely beautiful GSD I recently had the pleasure of painting.  I love the muted tones in this portrait, with his face clearly being the focal point.  His eyes seem to contain so much wisdom.  Or, maybe he's looking at someone thinking, "Hey, that's my stick?"  😉

Whatever he's thinking, I think anyone can agree he is a magnificent beast.

Wally's portrait was painted on Clairefontaine pastelmat.  It has become my favourite support for painting pastel pet portraits,  I love how easily the pastels flow on the paper and at how well it holds the pastel.

I don't spray my pastel portraits because sprays darken the painting, and since pastels are nearly pure pigment, they don't need it.  Once under a glass frame, a pastel portrait is very well protected.  Also, spraying terrifies me since I've seen pastel paintings ruined by splotched that were spit out of clean, brand new cans.  I just don't trust them and would rather not even risk all that work.  The purity of pastels is good enough under glass and there are many pastel paintings which are well over 100 years old that still look as good as the day they were created.

While painting this piece, I recorded my process.  I feel it's fun for people to see what is involved in creating a pastel pet portrait.  This video is condensed to under 8 minutes, but there is over 8 hours of work involved.  Enjoy watching it, and don't be afraid to contact me for information, or even leave a comment!


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