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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Inspired by Van Gogh


10 years ago I started this pastel painting, inspired by Van Gogh's Irises, and I finally finished it.  My hubby is so happy.  I told ya this was my year for finishing all those unfinished projects lying around!



I pulled out the pastels and got to work.



There is one unfortunate fact about working with pastels.  They're messy.  Very messy.  And, you have to be very careful about not breathing in the pastel dust.  I don't have one of those air filters in my studio so I don't use pastels often because of all the mess and the dust in my eyes and lungs.  Pastel paintings are so beautiful, though.  Most artists who work primarily in pastels have air filtering systems working in their pastel tables or near their easels.  Me? - I had a hairdryer to blow the dust away, gloves, and a face mask.  Not a pretty sight.



The good news is that I finished the painting.  I removed a print from this frame and used it for the painting.  My Big Bear hung it in a prominent place in our family room.  He loves it and was so happy I finally finished it.  I am too!

So, pull out your unfinished projects.  Pick one and finish it.  You will be surprised how good it will make you feel.




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