• Gwen Kitching

A change in direction?

Tia in the park after recall training.

I have been super busy over the last couple of months with house and commissions so no time to post. I've also been sorting out my studio and de-cluttering, I can't believe the things I had forgotten about. I have also been busy training Tia, my 15 month old Shih-Tzu/Poodle cross. She was so giddy as a puppy I began to despair of ever training her. However the people at Newport Dog Training have helped us both a lot and, to my amazement she passed her Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog bronze award and we are now going for silver!

I have recently been trying out new paper for my coloured pencil work as I find I can't get enough layers and detail on the Ingres paper I have used for so long. The paper market has changed dramatically since I first took up CP work so I decided to have a go with some of the more recent offerings. There are few if any papers specifically meant for CP so I looked at those intended for pastel painting. I have been impressed so far with Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper. This is like a very fine sandpaper and so far seems to hold the pencil very well without wearing them down too much. I also tried pastel pencils which I previously found disappointing. To my surprise and pleasure they seem to work really well. So much so that I will make some more test drawings with a view to moving over to pastels for most of my work. I will report on how these papers and pencils work out in the next few weeks. Meanwhile here is my progress so far - hope you like them!

Tiger Eye on Pastelmat using Pastel pencil

African Wild Dog in Unison soft pastel and pastel pencil

#Pastel #Tiger #Africanwilddog #Pastelmat

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