Marsh Serenity

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve wanted to but keep feeling some kind of internal struggle since I went to IAPS Convention. Everyone I know came out of it inspired. I left frustrated. I don’t need to get into the reasons because quite frankly it’s not productive.

What I did learn is I need to paint more. As much as possible. It’s not about creating a masterpiece but learning and understanding my paper and pastels and how they go together in different combinations. Learning more about aerial perspective and how values contribute. I’m also very much into trying to understand the warmth or coolness of a color. I’m not fortunate enough to have a degree in ART. My drawing skills need work.

So many of the great pastel instructors preach to paint small and often. I struggle with that. It has seemed unrewarding until this painting. Yesterday, I sat down and pulled out a really boring picture of a marsh outside of New Orleans from this last spring. I think I did a good job of taking that ugly picture and painting an attractive painting. Click here if you are interested in getting more details on ‘Marsh Serenity’.