Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Soloist - original oil pastel figurative painting by Connie Chadwell


I did this painting today at the Thursday Painters group, of which I'm a member. Even though I have a studio where I can listen to absolutely any music I want, on Thursdays, I usually drive to Ingram, Texas, to draw or paint with other artists in an art studio at The Point. We meet at the Hill Country Arts Foundation (a regional visual and performing arts center). Thursday Painters is such a congenial and talented group and I'm happy to be part of it.
Believe it or not, there's very little chatter. We work hard and only break for lunch. While I do love my studio and plan to post pictures as I begin getting it in better shape, it's inspiring to work with other artists occasionally!
This painting is on Pastelbord and the oil pastel is really thick, especially on her face, blouse and arms. I used mainly Holbein oil pastels and plan to use them more. Their square shape enables me to use them on their sides for a variety of strokes and the shape is also great for detail work. Then I finished off with some Caran d'Ache and Sennelier.
These three brands are the ones I use the most - as well as Craypas Specialist neon colors - but I would really like to know if anyone has used any of the other brands and what you thought about them.
The painting is 10 x 8". Thanks so much for dropping by!


Elizabeth Seaver said...

Such passion in the face and stance!

There is nothing like being in a group of like-minded artists for inspiration. You're lucky to have such a group available to you and smart to take advantage of it!

Ann Rogers said...

Connie, just ran across your blog and have enjoyed the "visit"! Such great movement and color in your works. Love our trips to the Hill Country!

Connie said...

Thank you Elizabeth. Yes, it's really great to have fellow artists to paint with - I'm very lucky!

Connie said...

Hi Ann - and thank you! I hope you will visit often and if you're ever back in the Hill Country, stop by! said...

I love this piece. Very subtle and beautiful.

Connie said...

Thank you Bill! Glad you stopped by!