Q: When you are in your studio working on a pastel painting and pause to consider what you have done, do you ask yourself, “Is it good?”

"The Champ," soft pastel on sandpaper, 26" x 20" image, 35" x 28 1/2" framed

“The Champ,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 26″ x 20″ image, 35″ x 28 1/2″ framed

A:  Certainly, I do.  In addition, I ask myself some other important questions:  

Is it the best I can do?

Is it exciting?

Is it surprising?

Is it idiosyncratic and unique to me?

Is there anything I can do to improve it?

Does it meet (or hopefully exceed) the exacting technical and formal standards I have set for my work?  

Will I be proud to finally see my signature on it?

Comments are welcome!

About barbararachkoscoloreddust

Barbara Rachko is a New York Artist, Blogger, and Author who has been meticulously working in Soft Pastel on Sandpaper for 30+ years.

Posted on October 14, 2017, in An Artist's Life, Bolivianos, Creative Process, Pastel Painting, Working methods and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I don’t paint, but I write. Thank you for a great checklist. I also ask myself ‘Is this sentimental?’, ‘Is this too simplistic?’, ‘Is this honest?’ And then I sleep on it, and have a last read-aloud before I send it out into the world.

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