Saturday, April 24, 2010
South Africa Faces the Future
Last year we were visiting my brother and his wife and they gave me some pictures from their travels in the last few years. One trip was to South Africa and their photos of the children were amazing. I got written permission to paint this recently. I've wanted to do some portraits in pastels and started with this one. I would love to have someone sit for me, but I'm slow and unsure of myself when it comes to portraits, so I think I'll rely on photos for awhile. I enjoyed doing this - but the background always gets to me - I changed it over and over - I didn't want it to detract from the faces. That's always been a problem for me when it comes to portraits. The light, it's always about the light.... Oh, this was painted on 18x24 watercolor paper. I started with painting the background in watercolor and built up the pastels over it. I liked the texture of the pastel on this paper and will probably try it again.