Monday, June 14, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #29 - Conte Pencil on Cool Background

I was feelin' a little sassy today, so I worked up my courage to try pastels again, but this time a slightly different species.  I have a small set of Conte Pastel Pencils that have traveled the years and miles with me, probably from an early college drawing class.  (I won't tell you how long ago that was, but here's a hint:  VCRs were just becoming popular.  You could get one with a corded remote at your local department store for about $500.)

For a bit of variation, I searched through the different types of paper I have tucked away, came up with a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes in a lovely shade of slate blue, and started in.

Cool Conte Bear
Conte pencil on paper

Artists will tell you that sometimes a piece will just seem to fall onto the paper effortlessly, and this was one of those glorious times.  The Conte pencils had aged gracefully, were fabulous to work with, and didn't bury me in mountains of choking dust.  But it was the paper that made the difference this time.  The texture held the pastel nicely, and the best part was that I didn't feel like I was fighting the white of the previous papers.  The blue was such a great compliment to the bear I didn't have to gob up the entire background just to cover it up.

Ahhh.  Time to crack open a celebratory Diet Coke, laze on the back porch with the dogs, and watch the rain go by.


Margaret Bednar said...

Hands down, my favorite. So majestic and stunning. I don't see how you can top this. LOVE IT!

Terri Buchholz said...

What a nice turn out! Great top lighting and a perfect yin yang of warm and cool. You go girl and celebrate with that Diet Coke (I'm a Tab fan myself).

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful! The blue really works with the warm glow.

Lisa Walsh said...

Thanks Margaret. I hope I can top this, I have 70 bears yet to do!

Gracias Terri. Can't remember the last time I had a Tab.....

Thanks Rhonda. The blue paper made this one easy.

Earthula said...

hello.. Deb Ward shouted about you!

She is right.. funny.

The bear is fabulous in pastel.

Lisa Walsh said...

Thank you, Earthula, and welcome aboard. You have quite the way with words yourself. :-)