Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

img640My sister wanted me to take back the pastel drawing of an Orangutan I had given her many years ago so that others would not take it after she passed.  She always loved monkeys and collected them and gave it a place of honor on her walls till her death at the beginning of this year.

One of my brothers then asked me if he could have it when I come up to visit him in the future.  I guess it must be a work of art and you never know what you are capable of until you try something.  Some of my art is mediocre and some I do really like.  When I was young, I hated everything I created.  Somehow I got over that as I got older.  Then the pendulum swung the other way for the fact that I loved everything I did, even if it was crap!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside Pastel Portraits

Most of my life has been spent as a student of the arts, visual, literary and performing.

I don’t write as much as I used to, but then I don’t read as much either.  I was raised in a musical and artistic family so I have played various instruments and sing.  Took dance lessons for many years and used to be a dance teacher into my early thirties.

I have always loved the visual arts and have studied with various artists of my liking rather than taking additional courses in a school.  I never cared for my art classes throughout my student career.  I found the teachers to be to rigid and the class much too structured.  I started going to art shows in the early 70’s and when I found local artists with techniques I liked, I would ask them if they also taught.  Some did and some did not.  One older gentleman sketched beautiful pastel portraits.  I saw him in a few shows and asked him if he taught, he said no and that was that.  I saw him in another show, again he told me he did not want to teach at this time.  Being retired he still had a part-time job and was not interested.  After he was widowed a couple of years later he was at another show and asked me if I was still interested in learning pastels, which I was because there were not many local artists in this medium that were as talented.  He said he had a few other people that were interested and decided to go ahead.  I was so happy!  He was a great teacher and I really learned a lot.  I have not done much pastels lately and wish I had taken pictures of some of my older commissioned work that was given away or sold.  I didn’t used to take my art that seriously, but I would never dream of letting any work go without a number of pictures to add to my portfolio now.

Below is a slide show of a couple of my “homework projects” given when I was first learning.  I have also included a few finished pieces.

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Art Imitates Frida

I prefer using pastels for portraits.  There is a greater control over it.

I prefer using pastels for portraits. There is a greater control over it.

 pogirlyngCarolLewis21

Attempt at portrait in acrylics.  Used to oils and even with medium to thin, didn't like the texture of the paints.

Attempt at portrait in acrylics. Used to oils and even with medium to thin, didn’t like the texture of the paints.

pogirlyngCarolyoung

I always thought was Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits were so cool. I decided to try a series of self-portraits for the same reason she chose herself as the subject. The above is pastel and acrylics. More to come as they are created.

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