20120612

pastel | untitled no. 3

 With use of water and a brush...this time and hereafter.
Basically I apply dry pastel and then brush a bit of water onto the entire drawing, building upon layers of pigments until desired effect is achieved. The result is a softening of texture, a few subtle lines from the brush and - get this - the pastel sticks to the paper better than without water. New discoveries.

4 comments:

plasticanimal said...

I love the colors in this one and the subtle textures!

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

plasticanimal,
Thank you!
Lots going on in the painting but you'd never know from the subtleties in texture and color...just the way I like it to be.
I was pleasantly surprised by the results. More to come..

Michele Fraichard said...

This is luminous Stephanie, I wish the subtleties were more evident through the photo, but the color and softness definitely seduce and I especially like it next to the colors in the photo beneath. xo

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Michele,
I'm always trying to achieve luminosity. One thing I like about pastels is that they can be luminous and milky at the same time - at least the lighter hues are. In that way, pastels are like encaustics, which is probably why I enjoy working with both.