Why do I do this? I paint the night before to enter in the show the next day. Can I be the only silly one to do this? San Antonio has a new pastel society. Texas Pastel Society. And there's an all-member show next weekend. Because I can't bring my paintings this weekend because of the portrait workshop I'm giving in Ingram, TX, the president, Mary Lopez, offered to pick mine up tomorrow. I, of course, waited until this evening to paint this one. The reference photo is of a woman who walked into the gallery wearing this great hat. I asked if I could take some photos. She struck this pose and three others
. I decided to close her mouth, and no, it wasn't just to avoid painting her teeth. Ok, maybe it was, but it also was to have the look I preferred. (Are you buying this?) I wanted to post this entry on my blog before midnight, but ended up reworking a pastel I painted in Judith Carducci's workshop in March, and also framing another painting.
I painted this one on gatorboard prepared with Art Spectrum's Colourfix fine pumice gel mixed with a little quinacradone gold. So the brush strokes of the Colourfix show through the layers of pastel. It prevents much detail, but adds some movement under the pastel.