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Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2011
3rd place - monthly qualifier McClelland Guild of Artists "Artist of the Year" competition (March 2011)
Pastel painting of apples from the garden and a stoneware jug. A nice simple topic with a small range of colours. Painted simply for a clean uncluttered finish and for tonal effects. Only about six colours have been used to create this work, the colour range has been kept to a minimum to focus on the feature of the work which is lighting, the tonal effect and the textures. The green apples should be the first thing your eyes are drawn to.
The McClelland Guild of Artists' demonstration for March 2011 is on the subject of still life in pastel. The presenter is a masterful painter well known for her brilliant portraits and female figures. Her use of light and shade and tonalist style makes her works come to life on the canvas. With this in mind I started looking through my art books on tonal painters, I was reminded that you don't have to go wandering too far to get some interesting subjects for paintings in this case - the kitchen.
Many now famous artists from the past found wonderful material in their own gardens and homes. Van Gogh did some in his own dwelling, so who am I to argue with the masters?
Whilst we still had a few left I went to work with the camera in hand to get some material.
After cropping some photos and throwing quite a few out, I found this nice little arrangement. It was only meant to be a quick practice piece, but after finishing it and having another look, plus the positive feedback I got from other artists I have been moved to put it on my website for display and to show it at the demonstration.
The quality of still life artists at the guild are very high and I do not always do well being judged by purely tonal style painters, but given that, in order to keep learning and growing I have decided to present it and see what happens. It is another way to learn and as an artist you have to set your ego aside and look for feedback. You may not agree with it, but it does make you braver for the next time you present your work and at the very least you do get an idea of what people are thinking - good or bad.
Dimensions: 42 cm (width) × 30 cm (height)
Ownership: Artist
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