Friday, January 24, 2014

Eventide, 5x7 -sold

Eventide, pastel on board by Adriana Meiss

  This small paintings was among the ones I sold at Plowshares in Dec.

  The last two weeks have been just too cold to paint in my studio, but before the cold spell set in I did a winter scene in pastel which I showed to my oil instructor and he suggested I use those same colors in an oil painting I'm working on.

  Oils? Yes! A long time ago when I started with art, oils were my favorite medium, but at the time, the trend in teaching art students was "let them find things for themselves." This approach did not produce good results with me,  as sometimes things worked but the majority did not, so I abandoned them. Now, I feel ready for the challenge of working with them once again, but with good guidance this time around. One big difference though: I find it extremely hard being patient with oil's drying time. This fact makes me appreciate pastel's immediacy even more, so I don't see myself putting my precious sticks away anytime soon.


bazza said...

I really appreciate good pastel paintings and yours are superb!
I paint (as an amateur in watercolour) but have never had a serious attempt as pastels. Your Blog is tempting me to have a go!
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Adriana Meiss said...

bazza, Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment!
I have a friend who turns her failed watercolors into pastels by adding grit to the paper. Whether you have failed watercolors or not, do try the pastels!

Donna T said...

Gorgeous pastel, Adriana! I have always been tempted to learn oils so I'll be watching to see how you like them. I'm sure you'll be able to put all your good pastel skills to use when you start pushing paint around!

Adriana Meiss said...

Hi Donna, and thank you! I'm going easy and slow with oils, all I can say is that my instructor is very encouraging.