Dawn Emerson Demo April 10, 2021
Every artist who has been a lover of pastel a few years has encountered many different pastel techniques and has a closet full of different pastel supplies. Most likely Dawn Emerson surprised every one of us in her demo for PSST on April 10th!
She worked pastel into a wet background of Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour--in black. She applied the oil paint with a brayer, and used the brayer to build the suggestion of the horse. Pastels, unthinkable tools, and Dawn's energy resulted in an unexpected, dynamic horse racing through abstracted forms and colors.
The first image below is Dawn's completed demo painting; the second horse and the egret are Dawn's preparatory paintings. PSST had submitted three images from members prior to the demo. Lisa Daigle submitted the photo of her horse, Savannah, and Liz Czerewaty submitted the egret photo. The bonus of Dawn's demo was the owner of the photo Dawn selected for the demo --- would receive the final painting. Lucky Lisa!
Just one benefit of membership in the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas: recordings of PSST demos are available on the members only page. Join/renew here.
JERI GREENBERG INTERVIEW ARTIST MAY 2021
What makes the still life or interior painting come to life? Try taking this tip from Jeri Greenberg by asking: "Why did that lemon turn away from the flowerpot? Believing that these inanimate object had personalities made me experiment even more with color choices." Read the full interview here.
Deadline for entering your work in International Association of Pastel Societies 2021 Juried Gallery Exhibition is April 10.
Sometimes even harder than painting for a show is getting a good image of the art. IAPS has added a step by step illustrated guide to editing your image to their website. Four tutorials are at this IAPS link.
There is also a video on how to interpret the prospectus here.
-- An information series from PSST, short tips to make being an artist a little easier. Author - Carolyn Hancock
Your phone/tablet camera can expose what you cannot see! When you think you might be finished with the painting, hold the camera close--real close-- to the painting and slowly move it around. Zoom in. The camera's eye might show you spots that you cannot catch with the human eye.
In the photo below, I didn't see any of these flaws on the painting surface. But click on the image and notice . . .
tiny white spots on forehead and under eye
what IS that pattern looking space on her cheek?
an errant spot of purple on her chin
extra and unwanted build up of pastel on her neck where a stroke stopped or started.
Give it a try, both by looking through the camera and by taking a photo and zooming in. You will see things to fix as well as those annoying white specks of paper showing through.
-- A new information series from PSST, short tips to make being an artist a little easier. Author - Carolyn Hancock
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