Whew! Just finished this in time to make the deadline for a competition. This is “Sea of Textures” pastel on Canson sanded paper. I wanted to do something different for this competition, as well as just to take a break from doing people. Originally, I was just going to do it in shades of gray, but I love the combination of gray tones with bits of color. Also, I felt that it needed several colors to create the look of the inner shell with that glossy translucent quality.
Just finished this pastel painting titled “Reverie”, which is part of my contemplation series. The subject for this portrait of a young woman is Katrina Sherwood, who had posed for me last year. I hope I did her justice, as she has the perfect look for a madonna painting. This piece took me a long time to finish, which was my fault for not planning the drawing and finished image as I should have. I used a reference photo of Katrina, but had to pose for the drapery pose myself. Lots of revisions as I struggled with how best to portray the subject and make all of the elements work together.
This video examines the art market in a critical, yet amusing way. Street art isn’t the first subculture to have an odd relationship with the art market. When the impressionists held their own exhibitions, outside of the Paris Salon, they changed the art world forever. But today’s art fairs make the Paris Salon look like a yard sale. So, in this age of market dominated art, has it become any easier for subcultures to maintain their integrity? Will street art hold its own or will history just keep on repeating? This is a thought-provoking and informative video series.
Working on a new pastel painting of my favorite model Katrina Sherwood as a Madonna. “Madonna” in Italian means “my lady”, which has become synonymous with depictions of the virgin Mary in christian art. While this is not necessarily a depiction of Mary, Katrina has a very classical look, so I wanted to depict her in a Renaissance style. This is a pastel painting on Sennelier pastel paper.