Sunshiny Day Pastel

This painting is with no doubt my most favorite painting I have done yet!  I am so excited to be sharing this with everyone.  People have asked me, “Why did you do the back of the sunflower and not the front?” and I said, “Why not?” We always see the front of a sunflower and its beautiful designs that are on display for all the outdoor critters to see and eat.  I feel it is important to see an object all the way around  and inside out.  You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover;  nor would you just look at some parts of a person to get to know them. You want to see the whole person and his or her beauty, Right? One has to investigate every avenue and search for its beauty; and that is what I did with this painting! Love it!!!

I learned a lot from this painting. It was tough for me to get the petals to look translucent and to get the leaves to look natural and not stiff.  Layers and layers of pastel ( of all colors) cover the sanded paper that holds my creation. I can put up to 25 layers of color on this type of paper, but sometimes I lose tooth on the paper because I push a little too hard to get more color on there.  In that case I can have a bald spot in the middle of my paper. I have switched to mostly soft pastels in order to avoid “baldness”.  It does help a great deal.  So, play around with pastel, it’s forgiving, you can blend well with them and if you don’t like what you see…cover it!

Hope all of you have a great 4th of July! 🙂

~ by DebbyFrisellaDesigns on June 29, 2012.

7 Responses to “Sunshiny Day Pastel”

  1. I agree, it is gorgeous! The shading is awesome.The symetry on a flower is equally beaautiful on the front and the back…I like your symbolism too….

  2. I love it! It is beautiful and I really like the different perspective of this sunflower. You are so talented!

  3. This is lovely! Beautiful color and interesting perspective. I’m heading off to look at your “beach” tag right now!

  4. What a great idea to do the backside of a sunflower, Debby. I like your take about looking at all sides of anything.
    I have tried pastels and tried again. Yes. I have used sanded paper. After a year of working with it and cleaning up after it, I opted for watercolor. However, I like the layering and I like the finished effects…and they are oh so colorful! This piece of yours is AWESOME!!!

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