One of my dreams was to learn how to do etchings like Rembrandt. Not having an etching press held me back until I discovered monotypes. The monotype is a one of a kind print that you can make by hand. I used a piece of glass as my plate, rolled on a layer of ink and tried a couple of different ways to produce a print. The mysterious effect is wonderful and although I’ve tried a couple of larger pieces these small ones are my favorites.
One of my favorite mediums is pastels. A lot of people call them chalk, but no they are not chalk. They are nearly pure pigment with a little binder sometimes. The earth pigments actually don’t need any binder or very little. As soon as I get some spare time I’m going to experiment and make some of my own.
The finished art work can be either classified as a drawing or a painting, depending on how heavily the pastels are applied. If the piece is fairly linear and sketchy then its a drawing. My pastels are usually paintings. Other than the fact that they are framed under glass one might almost think they were oil paintings.
It took me some time to come up with the title for my blog. Trying very hard to think of something that would express my basic philosophy and the idea that usually pops into my head is to use all the crayons. As a pastelist this is a core belief. And it can be applied to just about anything. When teaching someone else to paint with pastels it seems that the same advice is given every time – you need more colors or you need to use more colors. When I was a kid, I ate the crayons that were not in use. So you can imagine my dismay when I saw that RuPaul is attributed with a quote expressing his philosophy that is the same as mine! I was feeling all original and it turns out he beat me to it. Does RuPaul even own crayons?
This is an oil painting on a 16×20 panel that was done on location (plein air is the fancy french term) with painting knives on 6/10/11. It was a windy day and in spite of the large size, (the size would be considered large because most people will do a small study on location – but I was challenging myself), it was done before noon. Speed can also be attributed to using a knife instead of brushes, for me anyway. The beach has a very convenient shade pavilion with picnic tables. There were plenty of onlookers, mostly pleasant.