A pastel drawing after the initial cubistic and roundish graphite pencil drawing of the Nieuwe Veenmolen, a mill nearby where I live. I did a lot of these in my roundism style but only in graphite. This one is a search for introducing pastel colours to the style, almost looking like cubism. I broke the greens in the central middle by adding some pinks, relating to the pinks in the sky. I learnt that from impressionists like Paul Signac, Camille Pissarro and Afred Sisley who used pinks in green leafs and grasses as well. Look at part 1, part 2 for the build-up.
Contrary to many I am not a rubber or blender. Personally I like a rough edge in my pastel strokes or plains but in this one I experimented with blending or rubbing out with my fingers. I don’t know, I like the result but perhaps this technique I will not employ much more often I think. Next to the smooth and slick look It almost destroyed my fingers and I did not have much fingerprints left for weeks. Finally, I like the overall composition that is in line with the attraction forms the graphite pencil drawing offered.
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Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes board (47 x 67 x 0.2 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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