Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pastel Perfect!!

I wish that I were one of those neat people. Sadly, I am not. After 5 years of neglect, I finally cleaned and organized my pastel trays. These trays were made for me years ago by my wonderful stepdad, Sam. He was so handy, and I miss him. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not going to show you how beautiful they look without showing you the "before" pictures. Here goes:

Here is the mess that was my pastel collection. I couldn't see what I had. Scary!

Progress made. Not quite done.

So proud of my collection now. I can see what I have, and I know definitively that I can restrain myself from buying more pastels. Will I succeed in not buying more? Probably not. Sigh. As you can see, the colors are arranged by hue and value. One of the sections has some specialty colors.
Here is the first painting completed after the pastel trays were straightened. I didn't realize how trying to find colors impacted making my art. So much easier now!
"Finally Spring," Pastel, 12 x 8 inches© Lynn Goldstein

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A New Twist

Every once in awhile, it's fun to try something a little different. For example, I love historical fiction, but sometimes I like to read a great biography. It's also so much fun to do an abstract painting after working on representational art for a long period of time. In the case of this painting, I stayed put with regard to my love of trees, but I kept the colors very muted, which is unusual for me. I also rarely paint from someone else's photograph, but this is a portion of a collaboration that I am doing with another artist. She took the photograph, and this is my interpretation. Just for grins, I thought that I would share the process. So, here goes:

The beginning is always fun, especially when working on black. This painting was started on a black surface that was prepared with pumice and pumice gel for texture. I originally thought that the painting would be strictly white on black, but discovered quickly that I wanted some subtle colors added to the mix. 

As you can see, branches are being added. This stage was a slow go. Winter trees provide a great opportunity to study how trees grow. I love to paint them, but all those branches take FOREVER!
Close to finished. Added some more subtle colors and more branches. You can see a portion of a small acrylic painting to the right of this piece. Gives you some idea of scale. The small painting is 5 x 7 inches

Here's a surprise for you! So that you don't think that everything is always serious in the studio, here's a pic of one of my artist friends coming in for a little chuckle during the day. She is "wearing" a mask made by another artist friend.
Gave me a great laugh!

"Crystalline," 36 x 24 inches, pastel © Lynn Goldstein

Here is the finished piece. If you look closely, you will see that one of the broken branches on the lower left hand portion of the trunk has disappeared. I also added more color to the upper left corner. Small changes can have big impact.