Monday, May 9, 2016

The Model
Pastel, 12" x 16"

Inspired by a lovely young actress whose role as Helen Keller in the theatre production of "The Miracle Worker" caught the eye of a budding photographer which led to a photo shoot and the black & white photograph that would serve as a reference for this pastel painting.
This piece is done on a pastel support that I am using for the first time as my favorite Wallis pastel paper is no longer in production. It is likely that this may be my last pastel as I am working in oil and acrylic these days, but one never knows, as an artist, I keep all options open.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pastel, 12" x 9"

Soft pastels on wallis pastel paper. The obvious complementary colors were a deliberate choice, so too, was the use of layering various colors without blending to create the form.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Oil, 14" x 11"

I painted this piece with brushes only, resisting the use of palette knife and too much blending.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oil, 18" x 24" x 1.5"

Painted in oil using brushes and palette knives, I wanted to capture the beauty of the young model nestled in the grass on that lovely summer day in Colorado without being overly precisionist about my interpretation.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pastel, 11" x 14"

This piece is painted on pastel board with a nice sanded tooth. I had a different back-ground planned but decided to change it. As an artist, you have to be flexible, the painting seldom evolves the way you initially envisioned - you must be willing to push yourself, take risks, allow yourself to learn and grow and hopefully improve as an artist, after-all, what have you to loose? As one of my teachers often said, you have a 50/50 chance of missing with a Master-piece...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pastel, 9" x 12"

Painting the male model gives the artist a chance to appreciate the landscape of planes, angles, character lines that are more apparent with the masculine form. I used broken strokes to suggest the rugged skin quality. The challenge was balancing all that warmth of a sunset with cooler skin tones and since so much of the bright yellow shirt was reflecting into the face, I had to seek out and emphasize the cooler tones. Funny thing is, I was attracted to all that yellow in the first place so it did not make sense to change the color of the shirt.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pastel, 9.5" x 12"

At the end of a painting day, my model was quite tired and fell into a daydreaming pose. I was intrigued and decided to paint her in vivid colors as if to say "Wake Up!"