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.
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.
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.
Have been working on a new pastel painting to be titled “The Gold Bangle”. Here I am building up the flesh tones to start modeling the hands. The finished pastel portrait image should be 16 x 20.
On my easel – WIP of this pastel painting on sanded paper entitled “The Writer”. This is a close up of the face. Still have a lot to do to finish it, but enjoying the challenge. Not sure of the final size yet.