Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pastel Portrait


Recently I completed a 12x16 pastel portrait of Sophia, shown framed above. This is my fifth time using pastels, and I've decided that I really like the medium for rendering children. The only drawback, in my opinion, is all of the dust it creates (I wear a mask while working), and the need to frame the piece behind glass. This piece is framed with museum glass, which minimizes reflection and helps to protect against UV light.

7 comments:

Lynda Schumacher said...

This is really lovely, Holly. You have a very nice touch with pastels, and have really captured an engaging tenderness in this piecee.

jyothisethu said...

beautiful portrait...
drawing children is successful when you achieve the innocence like this...
congratulations...

Kathy said...

Hi Holly. I agree that the pastels lend a nice softness that is a complement to the child's innocence. Beautiful piece once again. I love your frame choice as well.

susanroden said...

Captured her innocence - quite lovely.
As a pastelist, can relate to the dust.

Peggi Habets said...

Gorgeous painting Holly. You are as adept in pastels as you are in oils.

Teresa Mallen said...

Congratulations Holly, this is a wonderful piece. Her expression is perfect and it has been perfectly rendered!

SYLVIANE said...

What a wonderful portrait, full of grace!