Categories
Art People and portraits

Woman plays Lute

Ode to Artemisia Gentileschi, 1593 – c. 1656.  

 

Woman Plays Lute, pastels

 

Categories
Art People and portraits

Woman Climbs From Water

Woman Climbs From Water , pastels, 50 x 65 cm, 20 x 25" (untrimmed)
Woman Climbs From Water — pastels, 50 x 65 cm, 20 x 25″ (untrimmed)

 

Woman Climbs From Water detail
Woman Climbs From Water detail
Woman Climbs From Water detail
Woman Climbs From Water detail
Woman Climbs From Water detail
Woman Climbs From Water detail
Categories
Amor - Love Art

Couple Snuggling in Bed

Another in the Enamorado Con Amor/In Love with Love series.  Part of love is intimacy, but of course not all intimacy denotes love.  Here it does, and the couple sparkles in the play of light and shadow.  

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastels, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20"
Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastel painting, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20″ 

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

 

The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints.  The binder has a neutral hue and low intensity.  

Pastel is challenging because it is mixed and blended on the paper or other surface.  Colors cannot be tested on a palette although with the new powder pastels you can.  This work was done with sticks.  Changes are not easy to make, as you can not just paint over things.

In use since the Renaissance, they were very popular in the 18th century.  My favorite pastel painter is Renoir.