Archive: October 2013 - Brenda Hash, PSA

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Sketch

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Sketch

Well, seven glass bottles later the sketch is complete. In my last post I discussed why I chose to draw these bottles. Here I would like to point out how much thought should go into, not just what to draw, but from where to draw it. Making this decision effects your Read more...

Pastel Demonstration on Bark Paper – The Setup

Pastel Demonstration on Bark Paper – The Setup

I had mentioned in a previous post that my drawing class is experimenting with various paper surfaces. I have mostly had them stick with monochromatic drawings, but they’re a rebellious bunch… I love that about them… and some are wanting to try full color pastel. So, in an effort to stay one step ahead of them, I will post my own journey of creating a full color pastel on Mexican Bark Paper. Let me start with Read more...

Proud of My Students

Proud of My Students

Here are a few of the terrific pieces my art students have finished lately. Like a proud parent, I want to brag a bit on them. I have challenged them and myself to try new papers for dry media (charcoal and pastel). On some papers we painted on a watercolor wash to produce an antiqued look. The piece above by Merle is a good example of Read more...

Just Swinging

Just Swinging

That albatross of a painting project finally came to a close. Yep, the swing is hung.  After the three coats of paint I had already put on the swing, my husband had to step in and paint a coat …or two… of sealer on it to keep the treated wood…”stuff”…from bleeding through. He would also point out that he sanded the swing to get all the cat hair off of it before I started the first coat of paint, and he helped me put the last coat of paint on it. We both agreed the swing would get hung regardless of the outcome. Sometimes you just have to punt.

About Sinking-In and Oiling-Out

About Sinking-In and Oiling-Out

Do you learn something new every time you paint? I do. Maybe that means I have a lot to learn, or maybe this business of painting is just a deep thing to grasp. I have finished the portrait of Austin and Read more...

Lots of Irons in the Fire

Lots of Irons in the Fire

Well, I had finally (mostly) finished my new website, tried to figure out a bit of social media, held a demonstration for the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, volunteered (did I really just take this on) to  Read more...

Artwork Published in Strokes Of Genius 5

Artwork Published in Strokes Of Genius 5

I am really pleased to announce that one of my red chalk sketches of Ford has been published in the hardback edition of Strokes of Genius 5, The Best of Drawing – Design and Composition. Read more...