Friday, December 27, 2013

12" x 9"

This beautiful young model is the daughter of a dear friend of mine. After painting her in oil with a palette knife, I decided, as I often do, to paint her in pastel, treating the background in a similar loose style as I did in the oil painting.
For this painting, I mounted the wallis paper on board giving me a rigid surface to work with. The rough tooth of the paper was ideal for the many layers of pastel used to create this portrait. I do not blend with my fingers, instead, I allow the many layers to do the job. If I feel the need to soften an area, I use a hard pastel and go over the area lightly - it lends for a much richer effect.

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