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Art of the Day: Sunday March 08, 2009


- by Susan Cone Porges

This week's theme: Pastels

A stick of pure, ground pigment held together with a binder. Some prefer the more chalky soft or hard pastels. Some prefer oil pastels. All require practice, but in the right hands, pastels are a medium without peer.

Art: Robert by Artist Susan Cone Porges
I worked on 16" x 20" grey Canson paper for this project., and enjoyed the ability to blend the pastels on the smooth surface. Robert is a great guy who teaches film at the Cleveland Art Insistute, and although he is an easygoing guy, I thought this portrait captured his serious and intense "filmmaker" side. I attempt to keep the outer areas of my portraits looser then the focal point, which is the face. Getting a likeness is what's most important to me, and although my tendency is to work in a realistic way, I like the painterly quality in the outer areas... and like to leave that for the viewer to see. I use a variety of pastels, but mostely Great American Art Works (the Judith Carducci pastel collection), and Sennelier.


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