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Q: Do you work with a particular audience in mind?

"Shamanic," 26" x 20," finished

“Shamanic,” 26″ x 20,” finished

A:  In general I would answer no, I have no ‘specific’ audience in mind.  But I DO consider the audience in this sense.  As I put finishing touches on a pastel painting, I pay attention to how all of my decisions up to that point lead  the viewer’s eyes around.  I fine tune – brightening some areas, heightening the contrast with what’s next to it, blurring, fading, and pushing back others – all to keep the viewer’s gaze moving around the painting.  Once I am satisfied that it’s as visually exciting as I can make it, I consider the pastel painting finished, ready to be photographed, and driven to Virginia for framing.

Comments are welcome!    

Q: What’s on the easel today?

Work in progress

Work in progress

A:  This 58 x 38” pastel painting needs some finishing touches before it’s done.  It has a new title, “Prophecy.”

Comments are welcome!

Q: What’s on the easel today?

Work in progress

Work in progress

A:  I am putting a few finishing touches on “Conundrum,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 38″ x 58″.

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Q: What’s on the easel today?

"A Long Goodbye," soft pastel on sandpaper, 26" x 20"

“A Long Goodbye,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 26″ x 20″

A:  I am putting finishing touches on a small pastel painting called, “A Long Goodbye.”  It’s a smaller, cropped version of a larger piece completed in 2013 called, “The Ancestors” (below).

"The Ancestors" in Barbara's studio

“The Ancestors” in Barbara’s studio

Comments are welcome!

Q: What’s on the easel today?

Work in progress

Work in progress

A:  I am putting finishing touches on “Incognito.”

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Q: What’s on the easel today?

"Blind Faith," soft pastel on sandpaper, 38" x 58"

“Blind Faith,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 38″ x 58″

A:  I am putting finishing touches on a pastel-on-sandpaper painting called “Blind Faith.” Comments are welcome!

Q: What’s on the easel today?

"Stalemate," 2013, soft pastel on sandpaper, 38" x 58"

“Stalemate,” 2013, soft pastel on sandpaper, 38″ x 58″

A:  I’m finally putting finishing touches on “Stalemate.”

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Q: What are you working on now?

“The Epiphany,” soft pastel on sandpaper

A:  I finally put finishing touches on “The Epiphany” and will drop it off at Underground, my framer in Virginia, next week.

Comments are welcome!

Q: What are you working on now?

"Before the Epiphany,"  soft pastel on sandpaper (above right)

“Before the Epiphany,” soft pastel on sandpaper (above right)

A:  “Before the Epiphany” is resting, unsigned in my studio, until I’m ready to put finishing touches on  it.

Comments are welcome.