Wednesday, April 7, 2010
pastels and oils
I have noticed that, while I have always considered pastel to be my preferred medium, I learn much more by working in both oil and pastel(separately.) Explorations that hinge on each medium's unique strengths allow me to go farther and on different paths with the other medium. I am recognizing that the way I glaze with only dry pastel (no watercolor) is closer to the way I use oil. In oil I am discovering that making strings of colors and pre-mixing my palette is closer to my way of pre-choosing pastel sticks and helps color harmony. Whistler did it... why not me? It doesn't take away from spontaneity, it allows spontaneity to have a cushion in harmony. hmmmmmmm.
I took this photo of the river when I was there. No wonder I can't use photos.