|"Buttercup and Son" 8 x 10" Pastel|
For this painting I actually started out much larger. The original (below), was 12 x 18". I fussed with it and fussed with it and finally decided to throw it away. One night, just for fun, I put an 8 x 10 mat over the focus area and realized that it might be saved. I cropped it, sprayed it well with Krylon Workable fixative and went at it. Eliminating the plantation house in the background, simplifying the sky and horizon line did the trick. I also added more reflective light. When I re-created the landscape I just relaxed, went into my quiet happy place in my head, gave up control of my hands to the universe and drew. When I was done I was surprised to see that I drew my homeland of Bowling Green Ohio, with it's straight open horizons. I guess I must be home sick.
This was created on Uart sanded paper with a pastel underpainting in warm tones, blended with a brush and rubbing alchol. I did many passes over thie underpainting using Rembrandt first, followed by harder Nupastel then finishing with a final blending with pastel pencil. I used Krylon workable fixative between passes. This process works well to give my paintings an inner glow, which I love so much. I want them to pulse with life and with love.