It has been a very long time since my last post. I’ve been very busy teaching and learning new stuff about pastels. I love Dawn Emerson’s work and especially love that she has a book on her many processes that I own. So for my students I chose to demonstrate a brayer under painting using Akua black intaglio ink. It was fun rolling out some black ink without a complete plan and just letting go. When I got to color I found myself not worrying about it as it relates to subject, but more as it relates to value, harmony and intensity. I wasn’t worried and the process felt very intuitive. One of my students remarked how relaxed I was as if I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular. I laughed! I was in a zone.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Friday, April 10, 2015
So these are a few of the things I do to work out ideas and just play. I keep a board divided into 6" squares where I lay down an idea, colors and practice my stroke. Painting is a journey. For me it's important to play with an idea and get it out. I always like to make room so I can see where I'm going. I know too it is important to be humble and grateful to the special teachers who I would not have come to this place without. Thanks Mr Nicholson!
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Yesterday I started a 2 day workshop with Tom Balderas. This temperature exercise was challenging. I think value first and value got shelved for this one. Using a limited palette of warm and cool for yellow, red, blue and green we went through the process of decided which of these colors would fit each shape. Lots of mind tweaking. It was fun and I will try this many many more times.
So for my 30 in 30, I have 2 in 5. I'm failing the challenge, oh dear!
Monday, September 1, 2014
I am so rusty. Did this pastel of my tree in the yard that is being removed tomorrow to make room for a big new shed. Did one of a little shed before this that was way too rough. It all gets me started.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Today I realized that I had not played enough with my new set of Great American pastels that won for "Best of Show" PSSC. And yesterday I had a conversation with friends who wanted to see me work larger. So today I played large. Not sure about anything except that I'm enjoying all my materials. Did a little under painting and then started in with pastel.
Monday, May 19, 2014
These are a wonderful texture of soft and easy to work into a surface. They are not so delicate that you need to worry about breakage. Colors are highly pigmented. I applied them straight onto a sample piece of pastel media board. I rubbed and smeared them and made direct marks as well. After the greys I dug through a small box of colors I keep by my desk and applied those on top. It was a few minutes of fun. Now I must wash dishes and get on with my day. Try Girault.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Here is my 45 minute demo illustrating the uses of dispersion under painting by Guerra Paints followed by an economic application of pastel. Not finished but to the point.
My examples and some birthday cake too.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I continue to work in pastels in preparation for a demonstration and half day workshop. We will be studying under painting and how it can support the underlying plan of our composition.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Decided to work on two at the same time today with different under paintings. I found during the process it mattered a lot what color I was working over. In the end there is not a strong difference. My thought is the under painting leads me and I respond it it. Some lead better than others. It isn't so much that the paint shows through as much as it simplifies my process.. It can make it easier or give me a fight. What it does best is it gives me a course and thought process to follow.Under painting
Thursday, February 27, 2014
So this painting jumped on and off the path. The under painting created a good map to follow, but I covered most of it with pastel. It is what happens. Under paintings lead me, but doesn't always take center stage. It acts as a wonderful supporting cast. So it is a process full of surprizes.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It's day two with these tulips for me. They actually have been in my studio since my class last Thursday. They have given their all. So today I did the second and last completed pastel with with them.
Here is the under paint and pastel process.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Below is the work in process with the underpainting through pastel.