Pumpkin with Canned Peppers Pastel/Paper 7.75 x 8.5
...to finish a painting? I go pretty far. Long ago when things didn't go as planned, I would begin again, only to find different passages left wanting. Commitment is the thing. An interactive relationship between me, the artist, and the painting. No over-control. No under-control. A seeming back-and-forthness that will take you into a creative place you have never been. This work started out as a drawing demo during a workshop. Not much color....just the contes and sticks in my pencil box. At home I added pastel. Thought it was done..... The next day when I evaluated it, I saw BORING. Nothing worse. Using linoleum block ink and a template made of tracing paper, I printed over top. Zing. I am much happier. The last step was to touch up a few passages with pastel. Having everything in its proper place is just not enough for me these days. I need a bit of chaos, a bit of happenstance. Love that word. Love its effect.