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! 🙂

European Castle

"European Castle"
"European Castle"

I receive many pictures from family and friends that inspire me to paint.  This particular picture came from one of my daughter’s friends.  She traveled to Europe and had a lot of intriguing photos.  She graciously let me print a few of her photos so that I could turn them into pastel beauties.   Sometimes an artist gets stuck in the rut of their own perspectives.  It is nice to see other people’s perspectives and the stories that come with them.  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  This original saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek and it was also a Shakespearean sentiment.  The neatest thing, to me,  is that one photo  has captured two different artists views, the photo and the painting!