Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW
Fran Tomlinson recently finished a pastel portrait of her spouse, Joy, seated at the Knabe baby grand in their home. Joy is an accomplished pianist and loves that baby grand.
Once Fran got the idea of doing a “double portrait” that included both Joy and the piano, she spent a lot of time deciding on the composition—with or without metronome? with or without music on the stand? piano open or closed?
Fran reports that ultimately she was “intrigued by the idea of using the piano lid to frame Joy and showing the beautiful innards of the instrument.”
Here are some photos of the work as it progressed. Fran worked on it about 3 or 4 hours a day, 4 or 5 days a week, from the end of January until early May when they were preparing to leave for a vacation in Norway. She put the finishing touches on it in August and brought it to our first class last week to show us. All we could say was “wow.”
Voila. Anything besides “wow,” already noted, is just redundant.
Fran says that everyone in the Wednesday Studio provided encouragement. “Ellen got me unstuck more than once, suggested using a very sharp pastel pencil for the strings, and introduced me to carbon pencils, which I used to sharpen some of the details. Martha had some good suggestions regarding color, and Lynne caught me in a couple of perspective errors. Thank you, everyone.”
And thank you, Fran.