Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The 'Mary' in Terry, in-progress, step 4



Here you can see the area toward the bottom right and in the shadow area of the arm where I am blocking in the colors that will eventually blend a little more.  It's moving along, so I anticipate adding another post on my progress tomorrow.

*P.S. on Wed. post:  It turns out my modem is only functioning at 60% capacity, so the cable company is visiting me again tomorrow, plus am taking care of behind the scenes details.  Hopefully I can fit another post in either later tomorrow or on Friday.

10 comments:

Mrs. C said...

Your work is beautiful!

Johnny said...

Mona this is looking fantastic! Have a great day.

DEB said...

I'm not sure which part of the painting I like more - the fabric or the human. Hauntingly beautiful, Mona!

Kathleen Coy said...

This is so gorgeous, Mona!

artbyakiko said...

It's so beautiful and this blue fabric is phenomenal!

Mona said...

Thanks so much everyone. I hope to do that next post either tomorrow or Friday (added a little note to my current post on this).

Dean Grey said...

Beautiful so far, Mona!

I have a question for you.

Don't the pastels smear? How do you prevent your work from getting ruined when you move to another section, like the arm on this one?

Are you using a fixative of some kind or just really careful where you touch the artwork?

Just curious.

-Dean

Mona said...

Dean, good question. First of all, I am a lefty, so I work from right to left on my pastel paintings. Second, I've been enjoying using La Carte pastel paper, but I discovered (luckily without damage to my art) that when it gets wet, even if it's just a drop of water, the sandy substance on it's surface dissolves and comes off! It's a great surface to work on however, and it gritty texture grabs more of the pastel.

Fixatives serve an important purpose, but I find no matter how carefully I spray, they darken a pastel and leave it slightly 'spotty'. This past week I cleared some of my mapcase drawers specifically to house my pastels in progress, and for transporting to a photographer, framer, or client before it's framed, I build a pastel box out of foam core that stores the pastel without it being touched. I have to build another one soon, so perhaps I can show it in a future post.

When framing a pastel it is important to use a recessed matt, which has small 'spacers' in between the frame and the glass, and plexi must be avoided, since it magnetizes pastel.

L.Holm said...

excellent answer to Dean's question. Would like to see your foam core storage box at some point.
Beautiful work. Love seeing how you progress. I love the shadow on the wrist. awesome.

Mona said...

Thanks Liz, and yes, I'll post a photo of the pastel box after it's done.