Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lemons and Blue Glass...A little progress

"Lemons and Blue Glass", 12 x 18", pastel on Wallis (not finished yet!)

My camera has been without a charged battery for the last week. Finally got myself to Walgreens for a new one.

I worked on this piece in class on Saturday, refining the drawing, constantly seeing new colors, reflections and specifics.

I work with NuPastels on sanded paper, not blending with my fingers, but rather letting the sticks of pastels blend colors and soften edges. My stroke is more like a scribble stroke. There is a fine balance between just plain scribbling and adding texture without destroying the structure of the painting. Even the impressionists, as loose and free as their work may appear, were very deliberate with the color selection, the shape of the brush stroke and the application of the paint to the canvas. This painting should be finished in the next couple of classes.

Painting at home with pastel is always so dusty and finding a space to paint tricky. However, I need to get some of these things solved so I can start painting (rather than working in colored pencil) and be more productive.

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Lynda Schumacher said...

Cindy, the composition of this piece is very appealing. I look forward to seeing it when it is finished.

Kushlani Hall said...

I love it the way it is. Softness, specially the lemon really appeal to me. Thanks for sharing.