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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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
6" x 6'
The reference photo for this painting was taken by a very talented friend of mine in Georgia. His name is John Fortuna. This is one of his deer skulls (he collects cool skulls) and he photographed it in the snow. When he showed it to me I told him I was going to have to paint it because I found it to be a very powerful image. It makes me feel sad and reverential at the same time. Nature is beautiful, but harsh. I love his image and hope I have done it justice.