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A project to practice moving from tonal to colour – something I am struggling with at the moment.
My brain understands and I enjoy working out the tonal values – sketching and preparing BUT then I have to pick up a coloured pastel – yuk!

Mt Vision and Art Spectrum Soft Pastels
28cm x 28cm


  • Hilary Robinson
    Hilary Robinsonover 4 years ago

    It comes with practice! Well done so far. Be brave, have fun.

  • Hi Hilary – thank you – definitely having fun – maybe a bit frustrated at times though

    – JulieWickham

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 4 years ago

    I think you’ve done a great job! Pat yourself on the back! xox

  • Thanks Kay for you very kind words – muchly appreciated

    – JulieWickham

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Great job Julie, those onions are so life-like! So is the colander!

  • Hi Maree – I’m glad you like the colander – I really wanted to get the shine thing happening

    – JulieWickham

  • Fiona  Lee
    Fiona Leeover 4 years ago

    It looks like you are a natural with colour! This still life is beautiful. I’ve found it helpful to get hold of a digital camera that allows you to change the view to black and white, that way you can moniter the painting as you go along so you can see if you need to darken or lighten any areas :)

  • Thanks Fiona – I’ve been changing photos in Photoshop to grey scale to see how I’m tracking – especially when an area is not working and I’m stuck.

    – JulieWickham

  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganover 4 years ago

    Wow, lovely work! Great reflections!

  • Hi Laura – thanks so much

    – JulieWickham

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 4 years ago

    I think you are doing incredibly well Julie! Fiona is right, using a digital camera as a tool for checking ones work is a excellent way to check for values, colours, composition, etc. I think you are very talented and what you are already creating some people will never achieve. This is wonderful :-)

  • Hi Constance – thank you so much for your kinds words they are very encouraging

    – JulieWickham

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 4 years ago

    Ah, you know your onions, Julie!
    Your tonal values are good here. As are the fine highlights on the skins and metal.
    And I think you’ve successfully conveyed the colours in pastel. The objective of the experiment, has worked well!

  • Thanks so much Colin – though the learning can be frustrating I did enjoy myself.

    – JulieWickham

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    I LURVE this one too Julie! Great reflections and shadows, and those onion colours are so perfect I feel like I could pluck one off the screen and throw it in the Shepherd’s Pie I am currently manufacturing!!!!

  • Thanks Lynda – one of my building block paintings – definitely learnt a lot doing this

    – JulieWickham

  • Richard  Tuvey
    Richard Tuveyalmost 4 years ago

    Struggling!!!, I think you have done a wonderful job, congratulations Julie!.

  • Thanks so much Richard

    – JulieWickham

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