Ever changing, ever mesmerizing... the sea is a joy and challenge to capture in paint,
Yup, it's that time of year again, when all sorts of "best of the year" lists get made. Here's mine if I think will make great presents for someone into painting: Top Art Gifts of 2013
"Pastels give me the freedom to make gestured marks that are spontaneous, exciting, immediate, and filled with color. When I look out at a scene, an animal, or a group of peple, I see the shapes first, the magic of colors second, and the details last."
-- Anne Laddon, "Informing Oil Painting With Plein Air Pastels" in the December/January 2014 issue of PleinAir Magazine
If you tend to get bogged down in details, chunky pastels are a way around this as it's hard to work in small detail (though not impossible). Pastels also have an immediacy of color that the wet stuff (paint) doesn't. No pausing (however short) to mix a color before using it, though you may pause in deciding which pastel stick to use next. Color mixing is done on the painting itself, by hatching, blending, scumbling, and feathering.
Choosing Pastel Colors
Pastel Art Supplies List
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This painting is one from the Art Institute Chicago's "Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine" exhibition which runs until 27 January 2014. Go to exhibition website for food-related painting inspiration and recipes.
Though I don't recommend telling the family they can't tuck in until you've finished painting a meal... better to paint the ingredients as a still life first or your own slice of cake ala Thiebaud.
Image: Roy Lichtenstein. Turkey, 1961. Private collection. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein