Wednesday, December 29, 2010


18x24 pastel on canson paper
Private Collection

A painting from my past! I found a snapshot of this painting yesterday and was thrilled. I thought I'd never see it again. It was done waaay back in the day, but I'm not sure exactly when, although the feathered bi-level cut screams the eighties. The shot was a tad out of focus, sorry 'bout that.

I think about working in pastels again but I'm just beginning to get comfy with oil. Maybe someday. I like the coverage of oil but the preciseness of pastel if that makes any sense.

Anyway, I'm silly busy and haven't had the time to stop by and see what everyone is up to. And I'll be catching up on thanking everyone who stopped by and left a comment, so please don't think me rude.


  1. Wonderful portrait and I do love the way you compose your paintings they are always perrrfect!

  2. This is very nice. I like the reflections in his glasses and the hair.

  3. I can see why you are so happy to be seeing this again...really wonderful portrait. Trying not to make the images seem "dated" can be a problem in portraiture but then, it is evocative of a place and time so it's ok. You handle pastels beautifully.

  4. I could never think you rude! It's such a hectic time of year. And I LOVE this portrait. I'm really fond of pastel pieces on toned paper, and you've handled it expertly as usual. :)

  5. ohhh, baby. break me off a big piece of that!

  6. Wonderful pastel. Nice looking guys and as my daughter would say..."babalious". lol

  7. He is perfect in everyway.
    You can work with any kind of paint- oil, pastel.
    That is what is magical about you,, you can do it all. You did it then, you can do it now.
    His jaws, forehead, hair- all of it is perfect

  8. Great portrait Suzanne and great composition, Im a huge fan of pastels. Hope you had a great New Year, all the best for 2011!

  9. I'm so glad you found this snapshot and were able to share it with us! It's fantastic! Oils, pastels, charcoal/graphite.... is there nothing you can't do???

    Happy 2011!

  10. Beautiful. Who was the hunk? And you're right, the hair totally looks like from that era.
    Happy New Year!

  11. Love the hair. What a beautiful portrait.

    I can identify with your fascination with both media. I like pastel's immediacy and no drying requirement but hate framing them. It's also interesting to push color with them, especially when the exact tone one needs is not in the box.

    I do work similarly with both pastel and oil, layering until I get what I want.

    Oil is wonderful to work with and easier than pastel for getting the color I want. Paint is primal to me, like clay. Framing is much simpler too, with oils, and less risky to ship than pastels under glass.

  12. I only wish I knew anything about pastels. You make them look effortless. This is so pleasing to view


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