Sunday, December 2, 2018

Burnished Harlequin

Burnished Harlequin
12 x 9
Pastel on Richeson Sanded Paper

This is another little painting as I'm getting reacquainted with my pastels and my most favorite subject - agave. I did some warm up paintings last weekend, and they promptly went in what l like to call "The Shitake Drawer". The drawer is the home for my s### paintings that need to go in a dark place to grow.

Once I was warmed up, I started this one and about 3/4 through had to stop. It was so hard to stop! I was in the zone and did not want to leave my easel. It had been so long since I had felt that way! It was like being home and warm and cozy in a blanket of pastels. 

I got back to her this weekend and decided to just have some fun and make it into an entry in the metallic series. The painting felt like it had ALOT of sun and I decided to add some more by brushing in some interference gold acrylic paint. I then worked back in some pastels to give it more texture by adding some dark color back into the crevices of the paper.

Here are the progress shots. 


  1. The photo is gorgeous, I'll bet it's even more striking in person! It looks like you got back up to speed pretty fast. Nice work here.

    1. Thank you mam. It's definitely a painting that is best viewed with lighting so the iridescence glows.