Just completed this pastel picture. I was ready to throw this one away several times! I tried this one on the smooth side of Canson pastel paper, instead of the textured side, thinking it would be smoother. It is, but I did not like the way the pastel blended on this side. It was like drawing chalk on a blackboard, and I get chills just mentioning that! I erased the hair several times and the dress on the angel wasn’t what I expected as well All in all, when I finished , I was not really happy, until I showed my kids…who LOVED it. I guess it was that I knew all the problems I had with it that didn’t make me happy.
The inspiration for this picture (which I did awhile ago) came from a model in a magazine. I loved her pose and it made me feel like she hadn’t a care in the world. I just gave her a bright dress, surrounded her in nature and used a quote that says it all. Just enjoy each day the best that you can. Oh yes, and stop and smell the flowers too! Hope you like this one. :)
Here is a picture I came across that I did back in the 70′s. It was a design I brought to the printers back when color was way too expensive. That is why the colors are so plain. Done in ink and red marker, I still love the way it came out. I can still see that I’m dreaming of places of solitude and open spaces. The picture, I think evokes the feeling of calm. I want to be there…now. After all these years, I can see that my pictures all try to do the same thing…bring the viewer into my world. The world where it’s always peaceful and full of flowers. It’s a dream I guess…but a good dream.
Here is an illustration I did for someone who is grieving. I always loved that quote “Splendor In The Grass” as it somehow comforts me as I read it. I would like to do this picture again as it was done awhile ago. I like the illustration, but I would be a little neater on the printed words. Hope you like this. :) Cheryl