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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This is my challenge entry for our Daily Paintworks weekly challenge. You can see the original photo below. The challenge is to use the photo image and interpret it in your own way. I wanted the horse to be up close and more of a focal point. After I finished I thought what a great place to have breakfast every morning and there was my title.
Every animal has it's own special texture and characteristics. Roosters have more than their fair share of both. White animals particularly seem to pick up the colors of everything around them or the sunlight brings out the colors inherent in their fur or feathers. This guy just begged to be painted. All right, he probably could have cared less, but I loved him.