Old Friends and New Ideas
Feb 10, 2023
It is time to dust off some old friends and get them moving again! Pastels were my medium of choice for many years. I missed them! It’s been a while. A little practice before starting a large piece sounds like a good idea…
Pastels are almost pure pigment. Scraped across a beautiful piece of cotton paper, they can leave strong, beautiful marks. They can also be soft and delicate like a butterfly’s wing.
Immediately the scratch of the chalk on the paper woke memories for me. Ahh. I love this medium. The dust even smells good.
Here are a few small sketches to get the dust flying.
The new pastel painting is a commissioned piece, and all must be shared with my collector first (another old friend). BUT! She has seen this image, so here is a little peak at “Little John and his Kingly Court.” That’s my working title anyway…
I am planning to have a great time with this painting. Stay tuned to see the Kingly Court go in. I painted this baby’s Daddy when he was about 4-5 years old. That is how you know you are old. : )
Thank you for being here. Have a great week. I’ll be painting.
Check out this BEAUTIFUL link to the history of pastels.
Reference: Thea Burns (2007) The Invention of Pastel Painting, Archetype. ISBN 978 1 904982 12 3.