Early Vines, 9x12

"Early Vines" 9x12" Pastel on sanded paper

I've been in a funk. And I think I know what it is. Every time around the end of August and into September, I'm occupied with my kids going back to school. It's not school that makes me in a funk. Don't get me wrong here, I'm going to enjoy the extra time it allows me! But, it's the pre-school meetings, filling out the permission forms, activity registrations, and volunteer sign-ups! And then there is the paperwork for a few shows that I am preparing for! Tedious paperwork! I thought when I left corporate life there wasn't going to be much of that paperwork! It's the tedious paperwork that makes me feel stale and in a funk.

A couple of weeks ago my student came over and she wanted me to work though a painting from start to finish. As time flew by, I had to stop half way into the work till our next meeting. And so this is the finished piece. This was a lesson on warm under paintings. Most of my landscapes start with a warm under painting, and this one was screaming bright! Warm under paintings can always be cooled down, but with a cool under-painting the piece has challenges warming up. Not sure why this is, but it is.


Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

a really lovely example of nice everything...draftsmanship is your forte. I love people who can draw! You can draw, sistah. Paintings are so nice when they have such a solid foundation.

8/31/09, 4:42 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks, Celeste. IMHO, drawing well and being able to see is the foundation of all painting.

8/31/09, 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

suddenly the title of the blog makes sense, pastels, of course. wonderful blog, just love your handling of colour and the freshness of your work. r.

9/1/09, 12:40 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Rahina, No, it's not that obvious, but those who work or have worked in pastel would definitely pick up on it. Thanks for your notes on my work. Love to hear from you again!

9/1/09, 8:36 AM  

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