|"Tough call" by Hilary J. England, pastel on hardwood panel, 11" x 14"|
This painting was done of Maddie, sitting in the grass, looking a little deep in thought, trying to figure out her "dollies." I just thought all of the texture, and the amusing way she was sitting, was an irresistible capture for a painting. I did some rapid sketches, and then put them together into one final drawing...I really tried to concentrate on the design aspect of the piece, rather than it being a "portrait."
I have another three pastel paintings I am working on simultaneously, so that makes for a sort of controlled chaos. I have been somewhat preoccupied with design, texture, color, and a sort of "cloissone" element, so this is the thought train I'm riding right now.