Q: What’s on the easel today?

Work in progress

Work in progress

A:  I am still working on “Charade.”  This pastel painting has given me so many problems!  In particular, I have not resolved the figure in the middle.  l am not happy with the mouth and the entire figure needs more detail.

Comments are welcome!

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Barbara’s thoughts on art, the creative process, soft pastel, the inspiration she finds in travel, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and other wisdom for artists as we travel our solitary and sometimes lonely roads.

Posted on November 7, 2015, in 2015, Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Creative Process, Pastel Painting, Photography, Studio, Working methods and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Barbara, we connected 2 years ago. I am an artist living in Santa Fe, NM (and former NYer). My partner, Bill, and I are building a house and I am waiting for my new studio to be ready when the house is built. I would love to read your book and have a comment on your piece above. I love the drama and colors and shadows. The face is a wonderful study of fear and amazement. I would change some of the color and or value of the arms and that would give the expression from the body up a more direct path that would allow the face to have more power. Just my 2 cents. I love looking at good work. I have a blog I have not written on in 2 years called “Abbakiss and the Artist”. I was living in the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque and had a horse, 4 goats, two dogs. I now have one dog now and a partner. What a trade-off. But I am happy and have less interference with my work. Just finished an intaglio/digital Mixed-media piece for a show opening Friday in Santa Fe. Always hope the work will look good when hung. Anyway, happy to see your. Take care. Diane

    • Hi Diane,
      Thank you for being in touch. Lucky you, living in Santa Fe and awaiting a new house and studio. I, too, am an animal lover and am mourning my sweet Kit Kat, who succumbed to complications of diabetes just yesterday. I miss him terribly.
      I appreciate your comments about my work in progress and will think about them as I resolve the problem areas.
      Thanks for your interest in my book. It’s available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNVR200 and is an eBook, rather than a hardcopy book. You can download a free Kindle app for any computer or mobile device. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you finish reading.

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