Sunday, January 31, 2010

Artful Recipe

I started a new painting today or if your my husband, a drawing. Pastels have this limbo like reputation about whether or not they are paintings or drawings. I myself think of them as paintings. I think the problem comes from the fact that you do not require brushes in order to paint with pastels. Even though I do not use a brush I still have to mix colors (on the paper) and use an arsenal of techniques to get the pastel to do what I want. I usually cover every square inch of the paper with pastel giving it the look of paint. So which do you think it is? I started taking pictures of this painting from the beginning so that you can see the process that I go through. If you check out the previous blog you will see that I don't always start the same way. In the last painting of the church I blocked in all my colors first. In today's painting I am working my way across the painting one section at a time. I will go back later to fix any problem areas. I started my drawing with charcoal then my piece got to small so I switched to a blue pastel pencil because I was to lazy to find another piece of charcoal. I've never used a blue drawing before so I'm excited to see how it turns out, so far I like the effect it gives. It gives the pictures a little bit of tension. I am working from a photo, it has a warped sense of perspective that I like.

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