Saturday, March 5, 2011
Back To It With Red
Yesterday I spent most of the day at the El Dorado Arts Council Art Space for the take-down of the 3D show. I knew it could be a while between times when the artists came by, so I brought this to get started on and managed to get the first layer over most of it.
Then today I continued, concentrating on the face and front paws. At this stage, I'm working with mostly hard pastel, NuPastel and Faber Castell pastels, but also a bit with pastel pencils. This piece is different from the others because there is more in the background. The pillow and throw will really be a challenge. And the cat is a challenge as well, especially the colors. Red is a "dilute tabby," a gray tabby but in pastel colors - warm greys and tans. There is a lot going on in the fur on her tummy with swirls and tufts, but mostly in soft pale colors.
This piece is going to be fun and a whole lot of work. If I can pull it off, I'll be happy!
Of the four pieces I have begun thus far, I find that I prefer working from my own photos (Rudy, Sparkle, and Red). My camera gives really good images, but I think more than that it's because I know these animals and my connection with them seems to make a difference in the way I paint them. Food for thought.