These pastel drawings were mostly done in 2014, and a few from a year or two earlier. The immediacy of pastel appeals to me, and it’s not a medium I used much in the past.
As I overlap layers of color, or place one next to another I’m thinking of how it relates to the image as a whole. Will it create too similar a tone in that section of the picture and draw the eye, interrupting the balance? Does the combination of shape & tone create peace, or excitement?
Many of my images evolve without very much formal planning; I’ll have an idea of the color theme and the forms; beyond that I let instinct take over. I am however gravitating toward a couple of regular slightly more structured themes in my newer work, where I am creating a series of related pictures in varying color.