Q: Do you consider your finished pastel works to be drawings or paintings?
A: Among artists who work in pastel, these two words, ‘drawings’ and ‘paintings,’ have very specific meanings, somewhat unrelated to the usual distinctions made by art historians and others. For a pastel artist, a ‘drawing’ refers to a work in which the paper or other substrate is allowed to show through. In a pastel ‘painting’ you do not see the substrate at all, i.e. pastel is used much more heavily in a painting than in a drawing. Since I have always spent months creating each piece, covering the entire sandpaper ground with up to 30 layers of pigment, I have considered my work to be pastel painting.
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Posted on December 3, 2016, in An Artist's Life, Black Paintings, Pastel Painting and tagged "The Sovereign", art historians, drawings, finished, ground, paintings, pastel, pastel artist, pastel painting, sandpaper, substrate. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.