This is a blog to share my love of pastels. Daily practice isn't always possible, but it remains the best way to make consistent progress.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Mona Lisa Smile (Romantic Painting with Statue) - 8x10" Pastel
I enjoyed doing this close up of a sculpted womans face, based on a photo from Wet Canvas. I tried to get the likeness, and also put some life in the color of the stone. With that little smile, she reminds me of the Mona Lisa!
I spent countless hours drawing and painting alongside my artist dad when I was a kid. Art took a back seat to career for many years, but I began again when my kids were small.
As fate would have it, a local art center offered classes with master pastelists Rae Smith and Wendy Caporale. This chance encounter laid the foundation for my fascination with pastels.
One day, an article about daily painters inspired me to commit to daily painting for a year. Each day, before carpools or after homework, I'd paint and post a new small work.
A return to working outside the home led to an 8-year hiatus from art. Now, newly retired, I'm painting and blogging again!
Here's why I paint: When the art gods smile -- which they sometimes do -- there's no better feeling than standing back, seeing what you created, and sharing it with others.
PS: I live in Westchester, NY with my husband, and a rescue dog named Sam. Occasionally, our grown kids camp out here, too.
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