I am a pastel painter. I chose this medium because of its immediacy and lightness. Pastel allows you freedom to build a richness of color in a single sitting that I did not find in any other kind of painting. It is the purest pigment in a soft medium that can still give you hard edges while maintaining its beautiful fluidity of expression.
"A Cape Cod Boil"
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Sunday, December 11, 2011
New Work, December 11, 2011
9" x 12"
Some good friends had recently built a beautiful Koi pond in their backyard and invited my husband and I over for dinner and to see their recent renovations. When it was "dinner time" for the fish, I went along to watch them be fed. They would literally lift their heads out of the water in anticipation of a meal. When they saw me and my camera, they suddenly turned very shy and hid under the water plants...hence, the title.
9" x 12"
This is one of several views I have done of this pond. There are paths all the way around and each side has something interesting to see. In this painting I was trying to capture the difference in the transparency of the water where the shadows fall and the bottom shows up a bit darker and where the sky reflection fades and the bottom shows up, but much lighter. It was very challenging, but I enjoyed it immensely.