Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I didn't have time to paint all the beautiful landscapes that beckoned me at Joyner Park Sunday evening, so I decided to paint at home from our photographs of the park. There was one photo which I particularly liked, so I tried painting the scene in both oil pastels and soft pastels, although I have to admit, when the reference photo turns out this nicely, it's pretty much impossible to do it justice.
Reference Photo
I haven't used my oil pastels in a little while, so it was actually a lot of fun playing around with a different medium and using a variety of tools including ClayShapers, blending stumps and even a toothpick! And I was pleased with how well the Strathmore pastel paper held up.
© 2014 Tammy Kaufman - Smile - oil pastels on mixed media paper 12" x 9"
Then it was back to my trusty soft pastels for another go at the same scene, only in a slightly smaller size.
© 2014 Tammy Kaufman - Smile II - soft pastels on Uart 500 sanded paper 9" x 6"
I know lots of artists suggest sticking with just one medium until it's mastered, but I just can't help myself - I enjoy them all so much. And even if I never master even one, what fun I'm having experimenting with them all, and that makes it worth the risk to me. :-)

On a somewhat related note, my Artist Page on the Wake Forest Guild of Artists website is now up - thanks Rose!

Speaking of the Guild, our 2014 Tour of Artists is coming up September 6-7 here in Wake Forest. I will be working as a volunteer for the event, but haven't decided yet if I'm going to actually participate as an artist, although probably not. Part of me would like to, but the bigger part of me is much too nervous and intimidated to attempt something so big, especially since I don't have an actual public studio where I could host visitors - just a small spare room in my house where I paint- and I'm hesitant to ask to be included in a group of seasoned professionals while I'm still so new and inexperienced. Regardless, even as just a volunteer, I'll get to be involved with the Tour and perhaps get an inside view of how things work which may prepare me to actually participate next time

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