About 20 minutes into laying down the first pass on this I was feeling a powerful draw towards abstraction, an inclination I ultimately ended up compromising with in small ways. I wanted my grandmother to have an image that brought her some joy and warmth in the cold of winter, not give her pause to wonder what on earth I was trying to communicate to the larger world from my strange one. I let the background fabric go a bit and really liked the result, so I’ll be carrying that element into the next several pieces. I did start an abstracted version of this one, and so we’ll see where it goes, maybe nowhere, maybe everywhere.
I finally got to use some of my prized Henri Roche pastels on this painting as I’ve been waiting for a while for the right piece to apply them to, and they are sooo dreamy. Best present from a mom ever! I’ve been using them as well as Diane Townsend’s Terrages pastels as the models for my own handmade earth pigment set, and I’ll be happy to land somewhere within a few miles of the ballbark of that level of quality. It’s either that or stumble on $16,000 that I’ve got nothing better to do with.
Actually, even if I did have something better to do with that much money, I would still buy these pastels 😀