Tuesday, May 24, 2011

'From Emily's Archives #3: pastel portraits'

Before I got into caricatures in the mid-Nineties, pastel portraits were my thing. I liked using pastels because they didn't smell or need solvents, and interruptions while working with them were okay (I had two school-age kids and one toddler at the time). This is my display showing photos of completed works from people's photos. Can you tell I liked gray Canson paper? I owned a bunch (still do) of different brands of pastels...Nupastel, Rembrandt, Yarka, and one precious half-size box of Sennelier that were 'like buttah."
It was in the course of doing an outdoor art show with pieces like this, that I first laid eyes on a professional party caricaturist... and you know where that led...

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