Pastels are a very direct medium... drawing in color! There is no mixing of paints, only the color mixing directly on the paper with the pastels themselves. Since drawing is my favorite activity, pastels are a perfect fit. The colors are bright and vibrant and the soft texture of the sticks makes the marks look like brushstrokes. I often work in plein air and pastels are perfect for painting on location. No worrying about paint drying too fast or transporting wet paintings. Because speed is important in working outdoors under changing light conditions, pastels are ideal for capturing the scene quickly.
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Collage is the “fun medium.” It is exciting to work with all the beautiful handmade papers, fabrics, trim, rubber stamps and found objects to create a work of art. I most often turn to collage when I’m working on a theme piece. Texture, design, and color are all very important. I always incorporate some of my original drawings to make them truly unique.
PEN & INK
I like to draw old, historical buildings that I see in our travels and in Downtown El Paso. Pen & ink is my choice to get the fine detail that I want. I use a very small quill point, which gives me very fine lines, but it is also flexible enough to get the fluid, variable, expressive line that makes my drawings more than just architectural renderings. I use crosshatching to develop the dramatic darks and shadows necessary for drama and contrast.
When I want to do a large, dramatic, finished painting, acrylics are what I turn to. I love the look of the semi-transparent washes and glazes that let the texture of the canvas and the colors of the underpainting show through. Yet acrylics can also have the thick, painterly look of individual brushstrokes. The colors are rich and vibrant. I like to work quickly so the slow drying time of oils is a negative feature. Acrylics are easy to work with and cleanup is easier, also.
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