Pastels and Painting

Pastels and Painting

While I like to paint in oils, I find that pastel feels more comfortable and immediate for me. It is a challenging and rewarding medium that has gained popularity in the last couple of decades. Yet works in pastel are not always held in the same regard as oil paintings by galleries and the public. Pastel is seen as just a drawing medium, although pastel can be both a drawing or a painting medium. So can oil, if you do an oil “sketch” or under-drawing. The public at large – including galleries – need to be educated about this medium, which has been used by artists for over 250 years.

IAPS Exhibition

IAPS Exhibition

I am over the moon!! Just got word that my pastel painting “The Writer” has been accepted into the IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. To have my work exhibited at such a prestigious salon like the Salmagundi Club is beyond my wildest dreams.

Bold Brush Award

Bold Brush Award

Excited to find out that my pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo” was chosen as Outstanding Pastel in the Bold Brush Competition for March 2016. See exhibition at http://faso.com/boldbrush/winners/178.

Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy

A new work that is part of my “Contemplation” series.”Flight of Fancy”, 18.5 x 26 pastel on Canson sanded paper. This is the largest pastel painting that I have ever done, and it was quite a challenge.

New Pastel WIP

New Pastel WIP

Detail of work in progress. This is the largest and most ambitious pastel piece I have ever done. Lots more work to be done on this. My self doubt and struggle to render the image realistically has been slowing me down, but I keep working through it. It’s funny that when I plan and start each piece I feel that it will be relatively easy and not take me much time, but the reality is always different.