prehistoric pastels

callanais abstraction

This is a little study I did [on the left] of a photo taken in 1988 [on the right].  I visited Scotland and  the Calanais Standing Stones on the Lewis island of the Hebrides. The photo is actually a slide that was scanned and is a bit dark. On the left of the large center stone [menhir] I am standing and have a hand on the stone. I gingerly touched it as I remember.  I decided to use it as a starting point for some abstractions. The pastel study is small 9″ x 11″ or 28 cm x 35.6 cm. I have a few more photos that I may use as starting points as well. I’m going to continue in pastels for now. I think these will work up nicely as paintings. The challenge for me is color. Do I stick to neutral tones or abstract that as well i.e.  bolder colors? Well, that is what studies are for!

I’m also thinking of doing more prehistoric female figures. I dislike referring to them as “Venus” figures. I prefer earth mother/ wise woman. Anyway, prehistoric female figures works too!

finished finally

storm angel

I’m finally finished with this. Not sure why it gave me such problems. It is leaning back on the easel so it looks a little off. I’ve titles it “Storm Angel”. Fits on several levels. Anyway, I’m done with it.

Pastels and work in progress

pastels of amazon and lady

These are the 2 pastels I’ve been working on. There’s more  I could have done but I’m generally pleased with them. The one on the left is the ” Venus of Brassempory” and on the right, an “amazon” head.

angel 2020 in progress

This is the angel I’ve been working on. Not sure you can tell but there is a ghost image above this third attempt. Not sure why I’m having trouble with it. Is it because I am working smaller on a table? Is it because I’m making it for a specific reason? I have a wall in my house that I hung one each of the different  subjects that I’ve painted throughout the years. My figures, angels, abstract/non-representational  and ancient sculpture. I don’t have an angel so I thought I’d paint one for the wall. Usually when I paint it is not for a specific reason. Could that be why I am having trouble with it? I haven’t painted on it in a few days. I may try today and see what happens. But first I’m going to take a walk around the neighborhood.

I hope you all are well.

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