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Christine's Portrait in Pastels

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Christine
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)
I've been working on creating portraits of friends and relatives in various mediums over the past few months, trying to figure out which medium works the best for me.
Caran d'Ache aquarelle pastels seems to be the right fit for this project, although I did paint a fun one of my husband Ferdinand in acrylics that I will post at a later date. This type of pastel does not create dust like regular soft pastels... they have a very high pigment content and are made in Switzerland.
The Swiss certainly know how to make top quality...
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Pam's Portrait by Kim Blair

Pam's Portrait by Kim Blair

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Pam(14x11 pastel on gessoed 300 lb w.c. paper)
The day Pam showed me the photo used for this portrait on her cell phone I felt an immediate jolt of inspiration to paint her portrait! Her striped jacket reminded me of Van Gogh's portrait ' Portrait of Trabuc ', and of course then the desire to paint her was doubled.
Pam's portrait was the first one I completed using caran d'ache pastels. I began with a purple toned acrylic background and drew her in graphite, then started applying the pastels in various marks and random patterns.
If you zoom in on the image above you will see the...
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Lois in pastel, by Kim Blair

Lois in pastel, by Kim Blair

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Lois(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb w.c. paper)
Lois is such a good sport!
I told her she is my 'test portrait' because this is the third portrait I painted of her... and as the saying goings "Third time's a charm."
The first two times I painted her portrait using acrylic paint on gessoed w.c. paper... the second attempt was better than the first...but the third portrait (painted with caran d'ache aquarelle pastels on a terra cotta toned acrylic ground) that you see posted here is my favourite!
Since these caran d'ache aquarelle pastels are now my portrait medium of choice I invested in...
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Gord's Pastel Portrait, by Kim Blair

Gord's Pastel Portrait, by Kim Blair

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Gord(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb gessoed w.c. paper)
I think by looking at this portrait you can tell that our friend Gord is quite a character! He loves to have a good time and enjoys playing a practical joke or two when he gets the chance. He is married to Lois, the woman who's portrait I posted last week.
Gord loves a good cup of java... and the baristas at his favourite coffee shop have practiced making his foam extra special!
;)
When I texted Lois the portraits of her and Gord a few weeks ago I had no idea that the day I to sent the images to her turned out to be their 20th wedding...
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Heather's Portrait, by Kim Blair

Heather's Portrait, by Kim Blair

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Heather(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)
Heather has the most beautiful thick hair! It was fun selecting the colours for her gorgeous mane...rusty brown, burgundy, terra cotta even some rich blue similar to the colour of her t-shirt. Okay, Okay so I took some artistic license adding the blue...but it works!
This portrait of my friend Heather reminds me a bit of a contemporary 'Mona Lisa'... a calm, relaxed look ...with the hint of a smile.;)
A special note to my subscribers:(If you received this blog post via email subscription but the video below is a black box... and will...
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Ken's Portrait, by Kim Blair

Ken's Portrait, by Kim Blair

1 month ago   |   By Kim Blair Artist

Ken(14"x11" pastel on 300 lb. gessoed w.c. paper)
The reference photo for this portrait was taken while Ken and Heather (he is married to Heather who's portrait I posted last week) were dining at an outdoor cafe. I burst out laughing when I saw it saying, "OMG Ken, you look like a rocker!" They said it had been a 'bit' breezy that day which is why Ken's hair looks a touch wind swept. I had so much fun painting his hair!
That look is definitely Rock Star material... and low and behold look what I found in the vinyl section of a local record store recently...;)
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