Friday, September 30, 2016

How to Block in a Pastel Painting -- Revisiting an Old Favorite

Many feel that making art of the same subject may be boring. I love revisiting old favorites. Why? Well, It's fun to see if my working style has changed, how my memories of a location may have been altered with time, and also to reactivate fond experiences and feelings from the past.

Just recently, I completed a painting inspired by a visit to a friend years ago. When I went to her home for the first time, my socks were blown off by the beauty of a vacant lot next to her house. After going on and on about the beauty, my friend exclaimed, "That! It's just a bunch of weeds!" Clearly one woman's weeds is another woman's wonder. Here is the progress of the painting, "Kelly's Surprise Revisited."

Pastels used for the painting. 

This piece was started as a demonstration for my students.
You can see the preliminary sketch next to the red value under painting
Beginning the block in of perceived color

Adding more perceived color

More color added. You will see that I have established my darkest areas and my lightest area (the sky)

A bit of detail being explored

More detail...

The finished painting. "Kellys Surprise Revisited," Pastel, 12 x 9 inches © Lynn Goldstein

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Need to Ship a Pastel? Now What?

Pastel paintings are beautiful and luminous, and require a little extra tender loving care when being shipped. I have shipped work all over the country without any trouble. Here's how I shipped a framed painting to NYC for inclusion in the Pastel Society of America exhibition:

Here is the painting to be packed.
You will notice the label that will be affixed to the back of the painting.
More importantly, you will see the low-tack tape that will be put down to protect the glass. 
It is important to be sure to have the proper shipping box. I can't praise AirFloat StrongBoxes enough. You may visit their website here.  The boxes are made of cardboard that is remarkably sturdy. I have been using these boxes for years, preferring the boxes with puncture proof linings. You may reuse them a few times using commonsense. Don't continue using them when you recognize that the box's strength has been compromised by being bounced around in shipping.

AirFloat StrongBox all ready for packing

When a painting is framed with glass, it is important to tape the glass to ensure
that if there is breakage, the art will not be damaged, and that the person on the other end doesn't get cut.

This photograph illustrates the interior of the StrongBox.
You can see the foam that protects the work.
Also, notice that I have added more tape in a checkerboard fashion to further protect the glass.

6 Reasons to Support Living Artists

This would seem a blog post that is self-serving. Please stay with me. Several weeks ago, I asked a studio visitor to tell me his favorite type of art. He replied that he liked the Impressionists and that he had several reproductions of work by Monet on his walls at home. I was saddened by his answer. Don't get me wrong. I am happy that people have nice things to look at in their homes. I just don't understand why they would have reproductions of long dead artists when they can support those who are alive. I know so many talented artists that have work in a wide range of prices, so price needn't be a sticking point. Maybe we just need to think of the benefits of supporting a living artist. Here are 6 reasons to think about:

1. You are getting a very personal, one-of-a-kind piece. You will not likely go into someone else's home and see the exact same thing. Some artists (me included) sell reproductions of their art, but there is only one original. If you buy a reproduction from the artist, you are still not likely to see the work on your friend's walls. To see my print offerings, check out my print shop here.

"Reaching-Burke Lake," reproductions available in multiple sizes ©Lynn Goldstein
2. You may be able to have something that can transport you to a place you would like to be. This can be the case with representational work or abstract work. You can even commission art that is of a place that you enjoy. To see the process of a commission I completed with the buyer's desires in mind,  take a look here. You may also contact me with a request for a commissioned piece here. 

An example of a commissioned painting, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas ©Lynn Goldstein

3. You will have something that you love, and that will move with you when you leave the place where you are presently living, unlike the paint color or  countertops. The artwork will bring back positive memories and evoke feelings in you for years to come.

4. Art heals. This is huge in today's world that seems to be shredding at the seams. In fact, one of my missions is to help people feel peaceful while viewing my work.

5. If you buy from a local artist, you are helping the local economy. As a self-employed small business owner, I pay a boatload of taxes that help fund our libraries, schools, road projects, etc.

6. Finally, if an artist makes it BIG, you were there at the beginning. How great would it be to tell your friends that you own work by a big 'ole famous artist?

Please let me know if you have more reasons to add to the list. I would love to see them in the comments below!