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Friday, November 15, 2013

Painting with Pastels

Although I have done a few paintings in pastel in my career as an artist, I really did want to take the plunge and play with the medium.  The first landscape painting I did was ... well ... in my opinion, "crap."  But such is the learning curve with a new medium like this.  My brain keeps wanting me to put away the pastels to collect dust in my studio and just stick to oil paints.  But, for some reason, I'm getting brave.

Brave, because, as an artist, treading into new creative territory is like jumping off a cliff and hoping the parachute opens.  

I'm going to try to do several pastel paintings a week, crap or not, we'll see how it goes ... or grows. 



Today, I visited with a neighbor and friend, and decided to use one of his images taken from our community by the lake, as a reference for an 8x10 pastel landscape painting.



Two-and-a-half hours later I had this.

Sometimes you just have to "try" and squish that little voice in your head that says you will "fail."  Sure, it isn't a Degas, but it doesn't matter.  I took on  what I knew and what I don't know.  I played and promised myself not to get frustrated or upset with my failings as a pastel artist.  It takes practice.  Anything done well takes struggle and practice.

That said, I challenge you all to try something new.  Be creative.  Learn a new skill or use a new medium.  Dig in.  You might surprise yourself.  I know I have already.

Happy Painting Friends!





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