Still Life Pastel paintings, with some notes on their genesis and progression.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Japanese quince final
This is the finished pastel of Chaenomeles japonica. I added the reflections, which were absolutely necessary to ground the painting (compare the most recent unfinished stage); some highlights; some detail on the vase; and I darkened the shadow side of the vase where it fades into the dark. I also scumbled some Roché blue into the top left and right of the background to emphasise the complements. I wondered about calling this piece Crouching Tiger?
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.