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.