Artists traipse through grades and junctures throughout their journeys. I see it as I meander through the Facebook artist pages and spy on my favorite celebrities. I see it in historical accounts of the masters. I see it by examining my early work up to the present. Right now, though I am still fixing colorful and intense pastel dust to my French sanded papers, I am exploring a more basic style and medium. I alternate from Renaissance style to Post Impressionist scratchy scratching, but one thing is for certain: I love graphite and charcoal! My first medium — starting when I was in fourth grade — still satisfies my soul. So long as there are intense value changes, black and white makes the statement I wish to make. It is enough for me…for now.
12×9 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $225, plus shipping
Every star has its beginning. This is it for the magnolia flower, which in a while will be in its full glory against the background of shiny, waxy and large leaves that highlight its magnificence. A goal this summer….to pay attention to the formation of and changes to magnolia flowers in nearby trees. Second goal this summer….find a magnolia tree and plant it in my yard.
20X16 original pastel on sanded paper, framed, $475, plus shipping
I strive for impact with enough clarity to identify (her face) but a little looseness to seem unfinished (the fan). It is kind of like getting dressed up, but having untamed hair or shoes with unmatched socks. Texture is key for me as an artist and as a person. I had a kid in my art room today and halfway through his lesson, he jumped around the room and his handed landed on a white chair that looks like lambs wool but is synthetic and a lot softer. He said “ahhh.” I get that. I am tactile too. Since pastel paintings are not to touch, I like to make them as if they are, revealing varying textures and plenty of pastel strokes.
Here are some up close and personal shots.