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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I have been painting owls and fish and I'm still in bird mode. I'm also in "if it snows one more time I'm going to scream" mode. I am so ready for spring. I have an idea for a large crow painting and so I am starting a series of studies of crows to get a feel for them. They make beautiful nests and put all sorts of interesting objects in them, including closet hangers which are really cool in a big bunch. So here is my first crow study.
I did several studies of both snowy owls and fish before attempting this painting. I knew I wanted to include at least 2 of the owls and to have them somehow connected in an activity. I wanted drama but also a sense of intimacy. After much deliberation I settled on the three fish as a way of pulling the owls together and giving the viewer a pathway from the wingtip of the owl flying at you down the shoulder to the second owl and down his wing shoulder to the fish and out. The quiet background is a nice contrast to the frantic activity in the foreground.