Muddled with Color: Working with Pastels

After a studio art drought, I decided to jump back into that realm today.  I’ve been wanting to get my hands dirty with oil pastels for a while as well as use a new art book I got in Florida back in March.  So I broke out both today.

A few months ago, a Louisiana friend of mine uploaded the following photo of a sunrise:

The inspiration behind my piece

The inspiration behind my piece

This image has stayed with me ever since he uploaded it, and I wanted to try drawing it.  Since it was such a pretty day out, I decided to print out the picture (in black and white since my printer doesn’t do color) and head out to draw among the cool breeze.

The printed reference I worked from

The printed reference I worked from

I will admit, I was a little nervous about sketching from a black and white photo since the color in the original is so brilliant.  But as I began laying down the color, particularly for the sky, and smudging, I realized I had a new freedom in picking the colors I wanted the sky to be, rather than painstakingly trying to match the color to the photo.  All of the little nuances of color and quirks were mine, and I liked that.  I know artists can do that with a full color reference too, but it’s something I struggle with.  Working with a black and white image freed me from my inner art critic a bit more.

When I first started the piece, I didn’t really like how it was turning out (as per usual).  But the more I smudged and added and got my hands muddled with color, the more I liked my rendition of the original image.  I hope you do too!

Almost there!

Almost there!

Finished piece!

Finished piece!

What is your current art project (in any medium)?

25 @ 25: Neon Volunteering

This past weekend, I volunteered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.  I had a great time meeting new people and attending different events.  Salem is a pretty neat town and I got to walk around for a little while.  I even found a cool bead store!  I’m going to write a fuller blog post on my time at the festival soon, but for now here is a picture of the shirt I wore all day Saturday (you definitely couldn’t miss any of the volunteers with an orange like this!)

Want to read the post that started the 25 @ 25 project?  See the first post (and me in a yellow dress equally as bright as this shirt) here!

25 @ 25: Fruit for Thought

For the longest time, I was self conscious about my teeth.  I never got braces and so two of my front teeth curve in.  To be honest, it’s not incredibly noticeable unless you really look.  Nevertheless, I didn’t like it.  But I recently noticed a nifty aspect of this.  Instead of the regular round pattern, the different formation of my teeth makes a pretty cool shape when I bite into an apple.  Take a look for yourself…it always makes me smile 🙂

Want to see the post that started this whole 25 @ 25 series?  Check out the first post here!

25 @ 25: The Almost Model


I recently read an article by Digital Photography Schools about poses for female models.  I really liked the second pose they featured, which had the model with her hands near her face.  I bought these spiffy, finger-less gloves a few months ago and thought I’d try that pose.  Here is my stab at trying to be a model:

 


 Missed the story of how the 25 @ 25 project was dreamed up?  Check out the first post here!