Study 55: Art Resolutions-All About Pastels

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.

3:24am Thursday

This week real life comes in the form of funerals and lingering respiratory crud. I’m in a different time zone, and that is messing with my internal clock. I’m a mess. But last weekend, despite not feeling the greatest–I created. Instead of being all about the bass (Meghan Trainor reference:), it’s all about umbrellas. I recently bought a new set of pastels that join dark papers, conte crayons, charcoal pencils, and a determination to return to those media that I have not created with in a long time. I share this because, in the spirit of pastels, I took the umbrellas back into the Tayasui digital drawing program and used the pencil tool to create the “pastel over dark color” effect in the larger piece below. If you look closely, you’ll see that I used the lighter colored pencil technique on some of the umbrella segments.

The progression of different umbrella treatments is quite diverse. It has been an interesting preparation and evaluation for a larger oil of the paintings. After all is seen, I am clear on beginning the larger canvas going back to the original sketch. As a matter of fact, after penciling in the composition on canvas I even made the first color notations in permanent design marker. This was done mostly to help the paint matching in the final painting. Who knows? I may add a blue oil wash to the background and use a thicker white paint over it in the end–an homage to the pastel over color.

–We’ll see.

flying umbrellasimage





About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Study 55: Art Resolutions-All About Pastels

  1. Judy says:

    Donna, while the earlier iterations worked well as repeats, designs, or “patterns,” this set has broken through to work more as a work in themselves, say as paintings. I really like the “underpainting” that you began on the computer. I would see these and want to own them. Hugs, J

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