Today was our Open Day at my local art group. We had an exhibition, displays and demonstrations as part of the day.I was demonstrating working with soft pastels ( and had a whole day to devote to it – sort of).
In between taking photos, talking to visitors and catching up with other members, I did find some time for some drawing. I decided not to work on the St Bartholemew’s drawing as I knew I would be distracted and disturbed and I need to concentrate to work on that one. But I did set it up so people could see some other works in progress – and I was able to contemplate what I would work on next on it.
I started working on a piece I am going to donate to a charity close to a friend of mine’s heart. She loves Pugs and has become involved with Saffron on the Hill in Victoria (Australia). They rescue pugs (and other dogs too) and find new homes for them. I offered to do a drawing of a pug so that my friend can donate it to Saffron to auction to raise money towards the shelter.
This is the first dog I have drawn in ages so it is great to be back working on something I love so much.
I forgot to take a pic before I started on the background, but you can still see what’s going on. (It is a bit brighter blue in the pic than it is in real life). I used a yellow ochre pastel pencil to sketch in the drawing. I draw directly onto the paper rather than sketch and then copy.
Oh, and I’m using Canson Mi-Tex sanded paper, about A3 size.