Monday, October 10, 2011

Playing with pastels

model in red kimono
 The Milwaukee Art Museum will feature more than 100 works on paper, including pastel paintings, at "Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper" starting Oct. 14 and running through Jan. 8, 2012. Unfortunately, this show is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not Milwaukie, Oregon, and I'll most likely miss it. Cassatt, Degas, Renoir, van Gogh, Cezanne and Toulouse-Lautrec all played with pastels with gorgeous results. Many contemporary artists also choose pastel as their favorite medium. Among them, I greatly admire Dawn Emerson, from whom I took a workshop in March at Dakota Art's LaConner Art Workshops. Here are the results of some of my own play with pastels at Dawn's workshop, followed by a couple photos of Dawn.
cropping experiments
composition I selected
owls in charcoal and pastel
Dawn Emerson at work/play
Dawn Emerson and early incarnations of her buffalo paintings

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could see it, too. Mary Cassatt has always been one of my favorite artists. I think you have a really good eye for what to paint and how to do it well.
    PS - It's a girl!


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