Morning Rush Hour

"Morning Rush Hour"
pastel on paper
7.5x10.5


I decided to do Karin Jurick's latest DSFDF challenge in soft pastel on Canson MI-Teintes pastel paper. Cityscapes are a real stretch for me, especially doing tall buildings in soft pastel. I almost gave up until I started working on the traffic and taxis...my first attempt at drawing cars. I tried to get the feeling of depth with my values. I had a little fun with the people mixed in with traffic and all the spots of color and shapes fading off into the distant.


I used pastel pencils for some of the detail and Rembrandt and Schmincke soft pastels for every thing else. I will definitely be looking forward to getting back to oils in my next challenge!

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful Carol! You reminded me of all those wonderful signal lamps and tree branch that I forgot in my rendition!

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  2. Very nice even though I am not a city lover. I could hear the sounds and smell the fumes.
    Elaine Schneider

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  3. wow, what a beautiful piece you did. It doesn't look to me like you had any challenge because you mastered it perfectly. It's wonderful.

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  4. Carol lovely as usual. All those details in a small format!

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  5. This is great, Carol! Beautiful light and atmosphere and I love the flowers. fantastic version!

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  6. Wonderful interpretation of the challenge! Glad you persevered.
    I would never have thought to try and paint a scene like this but, like you, once I started I had to complete it and found the process quite enjoyable.

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  7. The pastel is fantastic, Carol. Very true to the photo but with a lovely touch!

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  8. Beautiful piece Carol. Love the softness of the buildings in the background, great lighting.

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  9. Would never have guessed this was your first attempt at cars! You really did a beautiful job on everything.

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  10. This turned out great! I love the tree branch and flowers.

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  11. I love that you did it in pastel. It really looks great. Great cars and people in the right places. Very well done and exciting.

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  12. Great work, I really like the color and the texture of this piece!

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