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, May 2, 2012
Outdoor Show, pastel, 6 x 6
I haven't cut up a pastel painting in awhile. It was time. I posted a painting titled Peaceful Drama last week. After looking at it for a few days, I decided I liked one particular area of the painting, but not the painting as a whole. The exciting areas of the painting were just too small within the context of the rest of it. Before reaching for the x-acto knife, I first went into Photoshop and tried cropping it a few different ways. I decided that a 6x6 format would work well for a nice, strong composition that highlighted my favorite parts of the painting. I also placed paper croppers on the actual painting so I could see exactly where I would cut. After a few minor tweaks on the painting and a new signature, the knife came out and, voila!, a new painting emerged!