How long does it take to make a piece of art, as long as it takes. Some days work better then others, I can sit down and getting into the flow. Most of the time, I take a picture, do a sketch, decide if it will work better as pastel or oil, sketch out the composition and block in the under-painting, laying in colors that may not be seen by the time the piece is done. Continue the next day with layers. Each day may be another layer until I think it is done.
I will leave a finished piece on the easel and come back the next morning to see what little changes may need to be addressed. Sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference. A extra spark in the eye, a touch of red somewhere, or a darker blue-violet shadow.
Next week, I will be teaching all my tips & tricks in a pastel workshop at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. I will have work on display at Rice Gallery. There is opening reception on Sunday from 4:30 - 5:30 and I will give an Artist Talk on Monday from 6:30 - 7:30. If you are in the area come on by as I go into a bit more detail on how I work, my step by step to creating.
|"Who Knew" pastel|
|Step one - background - sketch|
|Step two - layers|