Archive for December, 2009
Maggy Price shares with us a demo on painting rocky mountains The reference photo was taken high in the Sandia Mountains.
“I worked on an 18×24 Richeson Premium Pastel surface, black, on Gatorfoam. It’s one of my favorite surfaces. I love the richness of the color applied on the black, though there’s a danger of getting the whole painting too dark. In one of the later steps, you’ll see the background mountains lighten a little; that’s when I realized they were too dark to recede properly. What intrigued me about the subject was the contrast of those rocky cliff-like mountain sides against the aspen and scrub oak…” read more
On the web site of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) there is a listing of upcoming pastel competitions sponsored by pastel societies, open to both members and non-members. You can see it at here. You can also sign up for the IAPS newsletter, which goes out every 4-6 weeks with information for all pastel artists.
“Line is the one thing that man has created that does not exist in nature. We see light as it falls on form. Line is a type of calligraphy, or handwriting, that we created as a means of communication. Since pastel is a dry medium, kindred to charcoal and chalk, it is easy to see why it is so often associated with drawing. Many painters enjoy its ability to easily produce line and use it in a fashion closely associated to drawing. Others choose to work with it in the fashion of paint. This makes pastel a very versatile medium, providing a gamut of possibilities…” read more on Richard’s blog
There is a new blog created to announce the winners of the free art challenge “the First Annual Autumn Arts Challenge and Contest”. The challenge was organized on the Facebook where participants were uploading their entries. There were surprisingly many pastel entries and organizers added pastels as one of the categories. The best of the show painting was in pastels as well. The global event has ignited the interest of artists, galleries, and collectors. Hundreds of new original works were created during the month of October 2009 specifically for the Autumn Arts Challenge. read new blog