Earlier this month I travelled to attend the IAPS convention held biennially in Alburqurque New Mexico. It’s a week long convention dedicated solely to artists who have fallen in love with the pastel medium. It’s called ‘The Biggest Pastel Party on The Planet’ for good reason!
It’s pretty common for people to have a list of numerous New Years resolutions. In the past have made resolutions here and there and stuck to perhaps 30% of them. Primarily because I either just couldn’t be bothered or didn’t create a lifestyle that allowed me to stick to them.
Registration for the IAPS 2017, the biggest pastel artist party in the world, opened this month. Registration was quite hectic with some 400+ artists attempting to register within seconds of the registration page going live… me being one of them.
Baby Zora, this is my latest pastel piece. Check out how I managed to capture the softness and texture of her hair. That is perhaps my favorite part of this painting. I keep looking at each individual coil wanting to twirl it gently between my finger tips.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, my website, my portfolio… I say “a while” but really it has been a full year. Nevertheless saying “a while” somehow makes it seem like less than a year and hence makes me feel better, so we’ll just go with that ok!
For a long time now I’ve been talking about how I’d like to begin painting the beauty around me that I call ‘my island home’. In the past I had tried a landscape pieces here and there but struggled with them mostly.
Years ago I wrote a blog post entitled “It’s More Than That“. I had written it in response to a question a friend asked about still life paintings: “Aren’t you tired of painting fruit, I swear you’re always painting some round thing”.