pastel-savannahOver the past few years, thanks largely to my friend “Shelf-Life”, I have rekindled my love of art. Not just my typical photography, but some of the more conventional mediums, such as drawing and painting. I’ve experimented with numerous mediums and I have found a particular love of pastel drawing, or as some would say “painting”.

I think the reason I gravitate towards pastels is that it offers many of the aspects of painting, but with the techniques of drawing. I also like pastel because I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to mix the right colors, like I do with paint. The down sides of pastel is that it’s horribly messy, and good pastels are expensive. Unlike oil paint, pastels don’t completely mix because they are dry, so you need to have a lot more colors on hand.

While it feels more like drawing to me, I guess I understand why pastel is more often referred to as painting. The end result does often more resemble a painting than a drawing.

Anyways, awhile back I heard about an art contest in Carl Junction. I’ve been wanting to show some of my non-photogrpahy art, so I ended up submitting one of my photos and one of my pastel drawings. I didn’t really expect either to win anything, but I was particularly surprised when I was notified that one of my entries had been selected as a winner, and it was my drawing, not the photo. So last night Steph and I went to Carl Junction so I could accept my bronze medal in the adult division of the color 2d art category. It’s a fairly small contest, but after seeing the high level of some of the other entries I was pretty happy to have been chosen as a winner!

Here are a few other pieces I’ve done lately:

A large 18x24 of some Beech leaves. On white watercolor paper.

A large 18×24 of some Beech leaves. On white watercolor paper.

A pastel rendition of a photo I took. On black pastel paper.

A pastel rendition of a photo I took. On black pastel paper.

An old house scene, copied from an image I found on the internet. On black pastel paper.

An old house scene, copied from an image I found on the internet. On black pastel paper.

A mountain scene on orange pastel paper.

A mountain scene on orange pastel paper.

A rendition of a painting I found at my parents house. On orange pastel paper.

A rendition of a painting I found at my parents house. On orange pastel paper.

A rendition of a photo I took in the Ozarks. On red art spectrum colorfix board.

A rendition of a photo I took in the Ozarks. On red art spectrum colorfix board.

A scene of an old house. On black pastel paper.

A scene of an old house. On black pastel paper.