I am more than happy to learn that this painting has been accepted into the 2017 International Association Of Pastel Societies, (IAPS) online juried show. I don't know what criteria the jurors used to select this painting but composition may have played a part.
We have been discussing composition in the class I teach in beginning pastel. I wish that I had had more instruction in how to create a painting with good composition. So that is why I try to teach this early on in a beginner's experience.
One thing to consider is "point of view." This painting looks down on the subject rather than composing it from a straight on point of view. This does not necessarily make it better or more interesting, but is something to consider when looking at a subject. There are also "leading lines" (the spoons) and "repeated pattern" (the rims of the cups) that contribute to the success of the composition.
Maybe I will win an award, but probably not. There are so…
"I smell the flowers blooming, opening for spring
I’d like to be those flowers, open to everything"from "Bird Song" by the Wailin' Jennys I was surprised to learn that I won an award at the Vermont Pastel Society's juried show this past week. The Judge was Doug Dawson, an important and revered contemporary pastel artist. I was just happy to get in! This painting, "Open to Everything"won the Pastel Society of Cape Cod Award and I am very honored. Mr. Dawson said that he liked "the simple direct strokes and the way the artist exploited the surface quality
of the board." Did he know that this was a disaster painting that I washed off and re-surfaced with clear gesso and repainted? Sometimes I think these master pastelists are wizards! He was right, I was responding to the rougher quality of the surface and because I had already failed at my first attempt, I allowed myself to paint more directly. Almost defiantly! This painting has won other a…
I have painted this spot many times and it never fails to bring me pleasure. Shadows and atmospheric perspective have fun with color value, temperature and tint.
Good to get to the easel today after a busy day in the office!
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Pastel Painting… beginner and intermediate
In this class, participants will experience a nurturing
community atmosphere that will ignite artistic and personal growth whether you
are a first time explorer or have had some experience. Students in this class
will develop basic pastel painting techniques as we seek to discover our own
style. We will explore color and composition, while refining our drawing
Ages: Adults & mature teens
When: 5 Mondays
September 17 - October 15
2:00 - 5:00 pm
If you don't have materials and would like to use studio
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