Start/Finish of “Judasing,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 58″ x 38″
Comments are welcome!
Posted on June 4, 2016, in 2016, Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Creative Process, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Photography, Studio, Working methods and tagged " "Judasing", charcoal, finish, finished, painting, pastel, preliminary, sandpaper, signing, sketch, start. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Fabulous from start to finish!
Dear Barbara – I am a great fan of yours. I so admire your pastels on sandpaper paintings. Colors and shapes are gorgeous. (I am a painter, too, oils on canvas – semi-abstract ‘people’ paintings.
In your latest, the title is a little off-putting. I think you intended “Judas-ing” for its title. But the image and the title at first looks like those terrible anti-semitic blasphemies against the Jews for so many centuries culminating with Hitler’s caricatures of Jews with the German word for Jew: “Jude”. So you can see how, at first scan, it took my breath away – gasp!
I thought you might want to check out your title, perhaps that simple hyphen between Judas and ‘ing’ would suffice without being a sacrifice for you.
Thank you for hearing me out.
My very best wishes to you and your beautiful creations.
Ronnie (Ruth) Tuft
Ronnie, I see your point, although I haven’t heard this before and certainly it was not my intention. I happened to read the word “Judasing” in a David Mitchell novel (“Cloud Atlas”) and thought it a good title: somewhat more imaginative than my first title, “Judas.” I collect Mexican paper mache Judas figures and don’t actually associate them with the real person. When I look at my collection, the figures remind me of glorious days spent traveling around Mexico as I remember how each one came into my life. Please see https://barbararachkoscoloreddust.com/2015/05/16/q-would-you-talk-about-how-the-judas-figures-you-depict-in-your-pastel-paintings-function-in-mexico/
I am so sorry to have offended you and will try to be more mindful in selecting painting titles next time.