My talented friend Gail Sibley has a wonderful blog called How To Pastel. She asked if I would join her as a guest blogger and I was thrilled. Her site contains a wealth of information about painting with pastels. Please check it out at Howtopastel.com.
Here is a little excerpt of the article followed by a link to the rest of it.
Portrait of an Artist - Lisa Ober
I build and work my business in much the same way I build a portrait, from rough sketch to completion. Like most artists, my days aren’t entirely filled with painting but rather with other business-related tasks like planning, computer tasks, client meetings, networking opportunities, and sometimes teaching workshops.
Decades ago as a young person dreaming of having a career doing something I loved, I never would have guessed I would wear so many hats: artist, mentor, workshop teacher, gallery owner, marketer, sales person, social media court jester (not queen), graphic designer, web designer, photo editor, and computer tech. And I’m leaving out attention to spouse and kids, friends and family, and most of the gallery work I do because if I included those responsibilities I’d have to write a book instead of a blog post.
Join me as I “paint” a portrait of this artist. You may learn a little about how I paint (if you look at the progress shots of the little girl’s portrait at each stage), and you might just see yourself in the word-painting I create of myself. Click HERE to read more at the website, How to Pastel.
Let me know what you think!
2/4/2019 08:44:08 pm
I have been a landscape pastel artist for about 10 years. Most of my work is impressionistic. Do you use pastel pencils to get the realistic bottles you paint or do you use pastels? Do you wet the pastels after you paint or brush them with anything to make them look like oils? Thanks for your reply. Your work is amazing. Best wishes. Marilyn
2/4/2019 08:47:53 pm
Hi Marilyn! Thanks for your questions and kind compliments. To answer your question, I rarely use pastel pencils. The reason for this is they are harder in texture and don't have the value range that quality soft pastels offer. I do not wet the pastels or brush them with anything but I do wear latex gloves and I do blend the first layer of pastel. Please let me know if I can be of additional help. Thanks again!
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