What do I want to paint?
Enjoy the process, have fun and experiment.
AMS - Avoid Masterpiece Syndrome, you can always get more paper.
Try working larger and aim to fill the whole page.
Use larger pastels. Use the sides not the tips.
Avoid from coloring in.
Try to put the color down in one stroke.
Try a rougher surface. The rougher the surface the harder it is to put in details.
Try not to blend after the under painting stage.
Stop painting when you start to repaint areas.
Forget the details compose with large shapes.
Accept what the painting gives you, embrace happy accidents and go with the flow.
Keep values in mind but don't be a slave to it.
Don't rework, brush off and apply new color.
Work on a dark surface.
Make one mark instead of several strokes.
Don't be afraid of the brightest versions of the colors you see.
Use distinct color. Make a statement. Don't be wishy-washy.
Bold doesn't have to be crazy rainbow colors. Use contrast.
Pay attention to your darks. Darks make bright brighter.
If it's not working, start again.
Shoot for having all the color readable but the marks unified.
Use color place holders when designing your composition.
Use bits of color to spark other colors.
Recently I visited the studio of an artist who has moved into an assisted living situation. It was stuffed with piles of supplies and little treasures collected over a lifetime of creative expression. I felt honored to take a few things for my studio. It also made me decide not to wait to paint on the extra large canvas I have been saving for the right inspiration. I'm not going to force myself to use the pastel nubs up before I pick up that luscious new color. And when those bristles get stiff, that brush is history!
My artist life well lived means that I have played, experimented, failed, created and used up every bit of my supplies.
I hope that when my time comes to close up shop all that's left is a big pile of pastel dust on my paint splattered floor and the paintings that tell my story.
I felt lucky today to find a few useful free to a good home art supplies. But really the woman who created in that studio gave me something I really needed, a wake up call. What am I waiting for? Life is short, use that good brush!
I always knew I would like to see a living legend in real life. Up until yesterday I thought it would probably be Eric Clapton, but it turned out to be Wolf Kahn. I had the opportunity to hear him speak and do a demo for the Pastel Society of NJ.
This is what I heard him say...
I am against expertise.
I am against order.
I am in favor of disorder.
Order should be barely sensed through screen...
The importance of chaos...
Convention puts fences around you...
Art should be serious play...
Escape from constraint...
Be in love with chaos.
Manage to catch something on the fly.
Magic of empathy let Colors speak to you.
Art insists on freedom, physical and emotional.
Every thing that you know keeps you from catching things on the fly.
Look at the art of children
Innocence of spirit
You are meant to show the world an image that hasn't been seen before.
Artist are supposed to make connections.
Color has very few symbols attached to it.
Context affects the meaning and use of color.
Art is a thing of particulars.
At the time of Rembrandt all foliage was brown, the Impressionist began using green.
You have to invent color.
Everyone knows grass is green. Until you add pink .
Artist needs to get beyond description.
An artist thinks with a brush in his hand.... Corot
If you cease to search and starting to perform.
Exhibit an element of the non routine.
In all seriousness, Wolf Kahn is to Pastel what Clapton is to the guitar so I wasn't that far off.