"I'd Love a Cup"
24" x 18"
Pastel on Black Canson MiTeintes Paper
Here's a brand new, large pastel made especially for the opening of the new coffee house. I'm also claiming this as this year's valentine artwork for my family. I hope to hang my work sometime later this week in time for the coffee house opening on Saturday.
Since this was a quick piece, I decided to make it all about the color. I discovered a quote a few days ago that read "Value tells the story but color gets the credit." I wrote it out and posted it in my classroom. My students are all learning color theory and starting to work in colored pencils or pastels. It's a real challenge for them to suddenly work in colored media so I am constantly talking about the importance of color value. I thought this piece would help me explain using the color wheel, developing color values and being bold with color choices.
I think I may need to do some more pieces in this simple style. I used to do a lot of work with strong, black outlines on black paper and I forgot how much fun they are to do. I've also been itching to use some metallic pastels I found in an art shop in Santa Fe which I finally put to use to make the portal around the coffee cups.