Mississhippi's Madness

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Soft Pastels: Pug – new work in progress


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.

Pug_1_webI 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.

Pug_1_eyes_webNext added the eyes, always first when I start drawing the detail. I’ll probably add a few brighter highlights when I near the end of the drawing.

Pug_2_weband before we finished for the day I started blocking in some darks. I can tell it is a pug, so I’m happy! Still a lot of work to do – this is just the first draft!

Elaine_Pam Green Open Day 2013This is where I was sitting for the day – when I was sitting, that is! This is the children’s art room at My art group.



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: Pug – new work in progress

  1. great to see a work in progress….

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