Mississhippi's Madness

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Soft Pastels: St Bartholemew’s (continued)


I forgot to post the last update of this drawing a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t had a chance to revisit it since then.

I finished getting some colour on the rest of the graves, tidying them up a bit and also getting some colour on the building. I’m not even thinking about touching the tree yet as it will mostly be done in white to show the touches of light on it, so that will be next to last.

St Barts_4_webI also decided it was time to put some softer pastels onto the gravestones, instead of just the hard Conte’s that I have been using so far to draw this up. So, working only in the foreground, I started placing in some red grey, dark grey and black to bring the gravestones forward. I also put a bit of warm white where the light will go so that I can see whether the effect I want to achieve with this will look okay.

I now need to work back up through the graveyard and then push the church backwards with lighter colder greys and white. I also need to straighten up some of the lines on the church as I haven’t worried too much yet about how straight the window sashes are (which look very wonky right now! lol).

It is all looking very dusty and unfinished right now, and I cringe to share it this way, but it’s what I do – share my process, warts and all, until it is finished!


Author: Elaine

Artist, writer, married, mother, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and winning (most of the time). My creative impulses have led me to drawing, pastel painting, writing, handcrafts and photography.

2 thoughts on “Soft Pastels: St Bartholemew’s (continued)

  1. Hi Elaine, I really like this as it is! The tones are looking good and windows are always wonky in old churches.

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