This is my second attempt at using pastels. The source photo was shown with my earlier post Painting #66. With this painting, I started with higher quality paper (Fabriano 100% cotton Hot Press), and did a watercolor under painting with fairly intense warm colors for the foreground. Then I worked it over with charcoal and pastel. The sky is pure pastel over watercolor.
This work is larger than most of my earlier ones, and – standing around in my studio or our living room – it stops me every time I pass it. There is potential, but I need to find out how to remove the pastel/kindergarten look. I am working on it.
Searching for myself in art, I find corner after corner of myself I never knew existed. Everything can frustrate or enlighten – I see now the choice is mine in every moment.
A poem for you:
If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. Today, walking alone, I meet him everywhere I step. He is the same as me, yet I am not him. Only if you understand it in this way will you merge with the way things are. Tung-Shan, Chinese (807-869), quoted in Stephen Mitchell's The Enlightened Heart
I hope you have a great weekend, filled with joy and contentment. Thanks for visiting my blog!