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My first real attempt at pastels.
I did this for a friend’s birthday because she loves elephants and butterflies, and she always says to me,“you dont like drawing in colour do you?”
I have always responded, “It’s not that I don’t like it, I’m just crap at it!”
So here’s another challenge I set myself, and I think I would like to practice and master the art of pastels.

Completed March 21st, 2009
Soft pastels and charcoal pencil on pale green rough canson paper, 840mm x 594mm


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  • meckersley
    meckersleyover 5 years ago

    Well, I think it’s beautiful and I think your friend will love it!

  • Thank you Megan!

    – Simon Aberle

  • conniecrayon
    conniecrayonover 5 years ago

    Have enjoyed looking at your amazing drawings Simon,and really love your white on black creations and this is another medium that you will excel at .Really good ….lovely colours..

  • Thank you very muchly I appreciate that. Just trying to mix it up a bit!

    – Simon Aberle

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, mate!!! You’d never guess it was a first attempt, that’s for sure.

  • Thanks Lee for your your support

    – Simon Aberle

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosover 5 years ago

    Hi Simon… your use of colour initially threw me.. but this is awesome! Your attention to detail is great (as usual) . Great job mate!!

  • Thanks! Yep you don’t normally see much colour from me haha

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    WOW WOW & WOW Simon! This is absolutely amazing for your first attempt at pastel! I just KNEW you would be really good with this medium. Can’t wait to see more. Join the Contemporary Pastel Painters group and put this one in……

  • Thanks! It was actually a fairly easy transition to move into pastels, but I’m thinking that doing a portrait might be a whole new ball game!!
    Thanks for the group advice, will do!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateover 5 years ago

    Fantastic Simon, I’m certain your friend will love it (and you’re not crap at colour!!!!!)

  • Thanks! Ok, maybe ‘crap’ is not a good description, I always saw it as much harder than black and white

    – Simon Aberle

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateover 5 years ago

    Just goes to show how different we all are, I find B&W MUCH harder than colour :)

  • Black and white comes naturally to me, whereas colour requires a bit more effort :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    What sort of paper did you use Simon?

  • I’m not really up with all the paper specifications, all I know is I got it from an art supplies store, I chose it from the rack. I had green in mind, so I just found something. It is fairly coarse pastel paper and I cut a bit off it to bring it down to exactly A4 x 2 for measuring the A4 print and creating a 1:2 scale piece. I’m sorry I don’t concentrate on brand names, paper types or any of that stuff, I just find what I think will work. I’m not technical at all, just a passionate artist!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Well that is a fairly comprehensive reply! It looks very smooth. What ever it is it worked really well!

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    Simon this is very impressive!! You painted with limitless depth of expression, textures of this cute baby elephant, and it’s delightful with a small colorful butterfly, thanks for sharing!! :)))

  • Thank so much for looking into my painting with such an eye for detail!

    – Simon Aberle

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