"An artist is an explorer." ~Henri Matisse
Underneath this woman lies an ugly witch. She appeared as I was exploring what pastel pencils and charcoal could do at the end of an afternoon of painting. I thought my exploration might lead to a quick study but I gave up on her when I saw her crooked eyes and blotchy skin.
The witch stayed on the desk for more than a week. Many times, I considered throwing her in the trash.
And then, the familiar 'Why not?' came to mind. It is a question I am asking a lot lately.
Why not try smoothing out some of the harsh lines? Why not use some of the pan pastels I had bought in the States and hardly used?
Why not even out her eyes with charcoal? and the next question...What do I have to lose?
The pan pastels worked beautifully to add a more uniform colour to her cheeks. I collaged her blouse from a paper napkin. This rough sketch took no more than 45 minutes from start to finish.
I am happy to have her as she will be a "before" image for my portfolio. I noticed that Ivette Newport, (www.ivynewport.com ) has a lesson on pastel painting and I can hardly wait to get started.
But first, more exploration to come as I finish a mixed media journal girl.