I decided to do a floral painting, as I had not painted flowers in a long time and I wanted to do more still life paintings. This is “A Rose For The Little Lady”, an 11 x 14 pastel painting on sanded paper painted from life. Actually, the lady bug was not planned. I added it because I thought the picture needed some red to balance the overall color scheme. That gave me the idea for the title.
Finally finished “Sea of Textures II”, which is a companion piece to my previous sea shell pastel painting. It feels like I picked the most complicated sea shell on the planet! It has an incredible amount of little shapes and markings that drove me crazy. What was I thinking?!? Although I finished a couple of days ago, I kept looking at it and making minor adjustments, as is my usual practice. When there are no more adjustments to be made, then I consider it finished.
Just received the most incredible news. I was stunned to find out my pastel painting “The Gold Bangle” was selected as the Overall Winner (Best of Show) of the ASC People 8 online competition out of 407 submissions. It’s kind of funny that I had started think that maybe the painting was not good enough and I should work on it more.
Work in progress shot of new seashell pastel painting. Having decided to do a companion piece to “Sea of Textures”, I feel like I chose the most complex sea shell on the planet. It has so many more structures and markings that must be rendered properly so that it looks real. Some markings are difficult to render realistically because they are white and look like they were painted on the shell, but are natural. So I have to decide how to paint the markings without it looking artificial. Looks like this will take me a couple more days to finish.