Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Portrait in Pastel

millerman “The High Life
16” x 20'” pastel on Strathmore paper
I have many portfolios, filled with attempts at portraits in particular.  Got this one out the other day, as I happened across it’s source photo while preparing for the class I taught a few weeks ago.  I remember I had at one time, really “messed it up” and put it away, chalking (tongue in cheek)it up to helpless…but one grows and thinks differently about these things as time goes by.  Got going on it again these last few days and voila – it may need just a little more…but right now it is FULL of pastel pigment so I need to stop, or use fixative, which I really don’t like to use.  This is my dad and such a likeness.  The photo I used was taken at our Gray Family Reunion many years ago.
P.S. - Where I Stand Sunday will be here in the studio - if "harvest" continues tomorrow, otherwise, working on the house in town...getting it ready for ????   So no 'Where I Stand' post...sorry.


Victoria on Okinawa said...

Pastel portrait is a great replacement today instead of your Sunday photo, though I like those too.

Jim Moffitt said...

I love this pastel. Gentle colors and reminiscence of family get togethers. Thank You.

Ellen said...

What a perfect expression on his face! Well done, Pattie!

Vern Schwarz said...

The expression you captured was the first thing that grabbed me too...perfect. Is he selling Miller beer? Nope, just kicking back with people and an afternoon that he is very comfortable with. Great job Pattie...I love this casual pose.

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks Vern, Dad wondered why I put the beer in. I think the attitude and the relaxation in the pose is what attracted me to wanting to paint it, I am happy that 27 years later, it finally made it off the easel. LOL