I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Oct. 12 demo - Edges
Autumn Splendor, pastel, 11 x 14
In my Wednesday class today we focused on edges. I wanted to create some drama in a painting by exagerating the difference between the soft and hard edges. Although I'm not normally a finger blender, I did some softening "smudges" here and there to increase this effect. In my demo shown here, I strayed quite a bit from my reference photo, forcing myself to focus on what would make a good painting rather than copying my photo.