Friday, October 30, 2009
Yes, of course again I have a great respect for pastel artists. I began this painting with my summer students at La Grange Art League and decided I must work at it and grow. I worked it and reworked it and changed it (even one more time since I photographed it at the Countryside Vet Clinic where I work several hours a week on computer.) I believe I may have completed a much better piece had I been working from a photo or even plein air, but this is from imagination and it had to continually change to balance and become a pleasing view. I'm hesitant to say it is complete, but feel the piece itself has no more lessons for me. More humility as I have not studied nor mastered the tools. It's a mix of high fi grays, earth tone chalks and a few remaining pieces from my son's childhood art supplies.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to judge the student art for Indian Prairie District 204 Reflections Program. The theme this year was "Beauty is." I enjoyed a couple hours out of my workday working alongside Zaki, Belgium artist working as director of Naperville Art League. K-12 entries broken into four categories, we were able to choose five in each to progress into the next level of competition. There are some fabulous little artists out there. Hoping down the road they don't get censored and quit or stray from their art. Then I may remember their early work once they've entered the professional market.