Here's a heavy quote you might enjoy and one I hope to achieve.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Here are my Unison Pastels. I went out today and used them for the first time. They are soft and beautiful, but I'm covered in dust. I have pastel dust on my face, hands and clothes. In painting, I did what other pastel painters have told me they do. I started with both Nupastels and my small set of Rembrandt's and finished it off with a layer of Unisons.
I think this painting should be called My Pastel Journey since it is the first of many in a progression of more learned pastel paintings. I painted today in Jackson's Garden at Union College, a beautiful spot.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I'm happy to say I have lots of coneflowers in my garden. They're bold, colorful and sculptural, just the kind of flower I like to paint. On another note, I ordered 8 x 8 gessoboard panels and they've arrived today. I'm wanting to paint bigger. I found a large amber pitcher and I'm planning to paint it tomorrow. I just have to figure out the set-up.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It's been five days since I've painted but it feels longer. Again I have to go through those phases of getting back into the zone where the paintings flow and I'm happy. My husband talks about writers to me and one quote struck me as true. You can tell more about a person from what they can't do than from what they can. If I can't get that painting perfect am I still a good painter?
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Painting still lifes gives me the opportunity to choose colors, shadows, and compositions. The challenge today was in choosing the right colors. Much of the watermelon is reflected light and the shadow areas of the flesh are more saturated. I spent a lot of time making adjustments in both color and temperature.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
The top was painted a couple of months ago using a box of 96 Nupastels.
The Bottom was painted with a box of 15 Rembrandt pastels. I had to layer colors to create the ones that I wanted and learned to use a lighter touch. You may ask why I'm comparing the two and my answer is because they feel like two very different mediums.
Both are a copy of a Kevin Macpherson painting from his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color.
I've purchased a 72 piece landscape set of Unison pastels from Dakota Art Pastels. I have lots of question about how will they work. Will I figure them out and find my style?