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January 20, 2010


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This is done in soft pastel on pastel paper. The old shack still standing.  Somewhere in The Flinders Ranges, abandoned for a long time. I have always sprayed my pastels with fixative, but after watching a video the other day, and totally agreeing on the fact that fixative does dull the colours I think I will leave them from now on and just wrap them in tissue paper when finished.  You tend to lose too much of the vibrant colours associated with pastels.

I’ve just finished putting a bandage and a sock on my dogs paw, the poor bugger has been limping this afternoon, and after making him lay and roll so I could look, he’s taken skin off the underside of his paw.  He’s such the macho man and never complains about anything, so know its really bothering him.  He really is quite simply beautiful. In the morning I can get something proper to bathe it with, and a proper bandage also. Hopefully this makes it a little more comfortable for him to walk on.


  1. This is beautiful, Painted brush. I like the foreground shadow in the bottom right corner tha throws me back to the opening of the shack. The shapes of the trees and shrubs or “bush” id a nice balance. The colors in the sky are beautiful. This is one of my favorites so far.
    Hope the dog’spaw heals quickly.

    Comment by lesliepaints — January 20, 2010 @ 4:53 pm |Reply

    • Thank you so much, I love pastels, and am still trying to break away from traditional ways of using colours and being more creative. The colours of our outback and Flinders fascinate me. His paw seems much better today.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 21, 2010 @ 3:16 am |Reply

  2. very beautiful!
    Always great colors, and textures.
    I have only done a few pastels, but if I could do this well, I would do more.

    Comment by asmalltowndad — January 20, 2010 @ 5:08 pm |Reply

    • I would make a bet you would do marvellous pastels, your art is exquisite. Its such a beautiful medium to work with.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 21, 2010 @ 3:17 am |Reply

  3. Everyone’s right. The clors are great. I did pastels years ago. Too messy for me. I kept smudging what I didn’t want smudged. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by Yousei Hime — January 20, 2010 @ 5:35 pm |Reply

    • Hi Yousei, am just like you in smudging, its taken me so long to remember to keep the rest of my hand and arm off the work and I still do it and smudge lots, thank goodness for kneadable erasers. Don’t work on my sleeves though, into the washing machine they go, haha. Was smudger with ink as a kid, and STILL a smudger. Just messy.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 21, 2010 @ 3:21 am |Reply

      • its incredible how useful a sheet on paper can be.

        Comment by kseverny — January 21, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  4. pastel work is challengng but creates a great effect.
    To be able too work well with them shows you have a lot of skill

    Comment by kseverny — January 20, 2010 @ 11:05 pm |Reply

    • Thanks kseverny, they are a challenge but worth the effort when they turn out ok. Looking forward to seeing more of your art to.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 21, 2010 @ 3:23 am |Reply

  5. Incredible colors! I like the separation of colors in the sky. I had some pastel success in portraiture, but could never seem to make them work in landscape. You have really found a way to lay out enriched color in your country. Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by davidtripp — January 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm |Reply

    • Thank you SO much David, I only started with soft pastels awhile ago, still learning heaps about them. The main thing that drives me crazy and have to stop doing is keeping the rest of my hand and arm of it and stop smudging. I don’t want to use fixative anymore as it dulls the colours.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 24, 2010 @ 2:21 am |Reply

  6. Looks like an enchanting place~ I love the colors in the composition. I never spray pastels either. If you work vertically, a mahl stick to steady your hand works nicely. I look forward to seeing more!


    Comment by Melody The Artist — January 29, 2010 @ 10:02 pm |Reply

    • Hi Melody thanks for visiting. I used to always spray them and they went dull. The Flinders Ranges are really beautiful, really makes you want to be a bushie when you go through there and pitch up camp. In cooler weather it would be great. A mahl stick, thats the thing I need. I was trying to think of the name of it a few days ago.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — January 30, 2010 @ 2:52 am |Reply

  7. Painted Brush! I can’t believe I scrolled right by this one with out looking at it closer. It is beautiful. If I could do with soft pastels as you do I would work with the medium more often.
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

    Comment by adamscorner — April 26, 2010 @ 2:45 pm |Reply

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