Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
I buy lots of vanilla, which comes in these little brown bottles. Since I like their shape, I have several of them sitting about. This afternoon I looked at one with the light shining though onto a white cloth, and was struck by the paleness of the shadow and the unexpected colors that appeared in it, almost a rainbow. So I quickly set up my pastels to try to capture that magic. It's hard to do!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I have never been able to find out how this apple came to be named. It is an old apple, around 1800, first grown in western New York state. Large and handsome in a homely way, it makes an excellent model for my easel. It is the best pie apple ever. This one is bound for a gallette-- a small French rustic open pie.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Snowed all day, so a good day to cook and read and snuggle with cats. Late in the afternoon, just as I was setting up a still life, a knock on my door: FedEx with my yellow Senneliers! So I decided to do something with lots of yellows and bright colors. I had an 8 inch square of Tiziano sahara (a yellow sand color) already taped to my easel, so it was perfect as a background. I looked around, and the yellow light in the living room suggested this scene with my sofa at the center. This was fun to do, as I played with the colors as I wanted. This bears a passing resemblence to my living room, but the colors are a lot more lively. Naturally, the cats were elsewhere at the time, or there would be at least one curled up on the sofa somewhere.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Pastel on Tiziano pearl, 165x240mm (6.5x9.4 in.)
Unfortunately, I couldn't have her pose for me, as she lives almost 3000 miles away. This is from a photo of her when she was about 4.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday I wanted to make something using mostly yellow, and I wanted to create the effect of the squash emerging from the background defined by shadows and light. I laid in the base using Rembrandts, and then discovered that all the yellows in my new set of Senneliers were hard, hard, hard, and unusable! (They are being replaced by my supplier.) So this is more orange than intended, and not as soft. I like it anyway.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I did this little red onion right after I got my new supplies and set up my easel. She was quite a cooperative model, very patient with me while I learned how to use my new Sennelier pastels, and got used to the tooth on the Tiziano paper. Later she became part of a delicious red sauce served over garlic chicken. I have a tendency to do this with some of my subjects.
Pastel on Tiziano white, 75x100mm (3x4 in.)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I had this small pastel painting taped to my wall waiting for me to figure out what was wrong with the compostion. It didn't work. The other night as I was drifting to sleep, I finally understood what it was. Ha, it needed scissors. The left side fought with the right. So now it is a vertical rather than a horizontal.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
So I rummaged up a bit of paper, looked hurredly around for something to sketch, and spied my basket of old kitchen implements. This rolling pin is very old, made of hard maple, and works beautifully, even though it has a few little dents in it. Today I used it to roll the pastry out for an apple and raspberry gallette.
One day last week, I did a tiny painting that was a bit more involved. I love doing faces, and found a snapshot of one of my grandchildren as a baby, just on the edge of naptime. I focused on her face to capture that priceless look of a tired baby resisting sleep. Here she is: