Process for Rendering a Pastel Painting
(AKA - The Rooster Page)
get my ideas while driving, mowing the lawn, cleaning the toilet,
doing dishes, etc. I decided I wanted to paint a colourful, showy
rooster that would contrast against a drab background and I wanted
him sitting on a fence post with broken barbed wires. Then I had
to hunt for my subject to collect photographic reference to draw
scouring the countryside of Central Alberta I never saw a rooster
that was sitting on a fence post but I did spot a colourful guy
running around the barnyard of a total stranger. I jumped out of
the truck and quickly snapped dozens of pictures. He never slowed
down for a minute but that's okay; I can draw him in a still pose.
I just needed to see his texture and shape. My husband had to explain
to the farmer's wife why I was chasing her rooster around. He says
that sometimes it's embarrassing to be married to me.
sketch my subject scribbly at first and tighten up as I rework it
several times. I deliberately drew him out of proportion. His head
needed to be smaller and his tail feathers bigger. Somehow, this
added an element of humor -he's not intelligent enough to know how
magnificent he is.