Still Life Pastel paintings, with some notes on their genesis and progression.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Don't fence me in
A couple of years ago I painted a hydrangea pushing through a wooden fence, next door to us in France. Don't fence me in was an obvious choice of title. The following year I photographed an Ipomoea (Morning Glory) winding its way through some metal railings in the town of Melle, and intended to use the photo as the basis for a companion piece. I finally got around to completing the second painting; I have no progress photographs for this painting, but I used a mix of pastel pencils, Rembrandts and Sennelier for the painting, and it is painting on my usual Pastelmat support. Both have been framed in shabby-chic frames picked up at brocantes for about €5.00 each! And neither painting is for sale!
This blog is a development from my pastel directory, www.artistsinpastel.com where pastel artists the world over are featured. It did not seem appropriate to post my own work there. Here is where I will post new paintings from time to time, with some notes on their genesis, and whatever else comes to mind.
I have been painting with pastels for 25 years or so, and have learned from the very practical publications of artists like Alan Flattmann, Daniel E. Greene, and more recently Richard McKinley and Ellen Eagle.
The work of other artists who work in the medium is always of interest, hence this blog, and I am happy to have met many of them, and interviewed some for the Pastel Journal.
Still Life is the subject matter that most interests me, and my pastels have been exhibited in Ireland, in France and in China.