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Painting with pastels in Picadilly Circus London

Posted On: Monday 12th March 2012
Summary: This is a small painting done plein air in pastels with my pad and pastels box perched on a bollard set in the pavement. Picadilly Circus with the statue of Eros on the right. It took 15 minutes to complete.

Blog Tags: Sketching   Outdoor painting   Plein air   Painting in London   Pastels painting   Townscapes   Buildings   Simple art   Quick painting   Learn to paint   Painting tips   

pastel of picadilly circusWhilst I used soft pastels, fine black marker and a brushpen, my friend Marco was drawing with a brush pen on its own. I like being with another artist painting plein air from the same viewpoint. There's always a totally different way of seeing the same subject.

I only had a small selection of pastels with me, so using the colour of the paper is a bonus with pastels. The pad I had with me has various tints so I chose one that more or less matched the predominent colour of the buildings.

I started by "framing" the outline with ink, then used the pen to draw the outlines and the brushpen to block in deep shadows. Then I got to work with the pastels.

10"x7" on pastel paper.


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