Cowhand Roger, 12x9

"Cowhand Roger" 12x9" Pastel on sanded paper ©Brenda Boylan

click to view close up of Roger's face

Now that the weather has cooled down substantially, I have been painting figures from a live model with a few other like-minded artists in my area. Today our model was Roger and he had on the full "cowboy" ensemble, including those jinggly spurs on his boots. Ohh, I liked this one! The lighting on his face had that hint of mystery, from the underlying cast shadow from his hat to the glint of light on the end of his nose. Pleased that this one just painted itself albeit difficult with nubby pastels. Just need to adjust the legs a tad and call 'er good.

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Blogger Casey Klahn said...

I think this is a wonderful painting, Brenda!

I hope you post many figure works this winter.

11/10/11, 2:28 PM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

"call er good" for sure! This is top notch...you nailed it!

11/10/11, 8:19 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Howdy Casey!
I'm likin' it too. It just about painted itself once I had the sketch right. I'm pretty happy with how his face turned out because I had such nubby pastels with barely any edges, giving me that 'surprise' with every application.

Yeehaa Celeste! Thanks. I love your cowboy too! I do hope Roger comes back for more giddyup sessions.

11/11/11, 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Lovely painting Brenda! You have a wonderful balance of detail, not too much or too little. I noticed taht you used sandedpaper, does it give you a different effect from regular paper, i.e. more vibrant colour?

11/14/11, 6:26 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Vanessa,
Thanks for your glowing comment and great question. I use the sandy texture to my advantage. I don't blend the pastel into the texture, but let the underpainting peek through, creating a variety of colors for the eyes to optically mix. The sanded paper helps to keep my mark making loose, amd keeps me from getting too photo realistic.

11/14/11, 9:51 AM  
Blogger loriann signori said...

LOVE your use of color in this painting...that violet on his face..oooh lala!

11/15/11, 4:44 AM  

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