Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I've moved - please visit

My Art Journal has moved to a new address. Please find my NEW Art Journal at http://www.bbnewtonartjournal.blogspot.com and subscribe or follow. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please come with me

May 11, 2010
This blog has been having feed trouble... some subscribers still get postings by email, others haven't received one since April 14th. I've spent a lot of time trying to resolve the problem but have decided I'd rather be painting! For that reason, I'm starting a new art journal with a subscription that works.

I hope you've enjoyed my art journal and will continue with me at this new address  http://www.bbnewtonartjournal.blogspot.com/
There is a subscription form there.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Yesterday I was talking about working on the soft side of Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Today, I found this example of an early pastel where the more toothy side of the paper was used. The pattern of the paper surface adds another element to this little still life (which I cropped from a larger painting for this post). Click on the image to make it larger so you can really see the texture.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

canson experiment

This is the result of the Canson Mi-Teintes rework experiment. I brushed the old painting with mineral spirits, wiped it off and applied pastel. Wiped the whole thing off again and applied large areas of three colors to begin again. By now, the tooth of the paper was filled and the whole thing turned into a finger painting (I wear gloves). The dots are from me dipping my fingertips in the pastel dust tray and striking the paper randomly. Also, I painted this whole thing upside down. I didn't decide it belonged this way until I was finished.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pastel Rework Queen

When I began working in pastel I used Canson Mi-Teintes paper, usually working on the soft-side (the side with less tooth). I have a couple older paintings that I'm eyeing for rework. I think I must be the Pastel Rework Queen, having reworked many paintings on sanded surfaces but I've never tried reworking this surface. The image here is a small area of the painting...now, I'm thinking maybe I should just crop it instead of reworking.