This piece won second place in the pastel category of the American Artist Magazine’s 70th Anniversary Competition.
Pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded pastel paper, from “The White Album” series. The tooth of this sanded paper takes many layers of pastel. I prime the surface with rust colored nupastel rubbed in with turpenoid before working.
“Yer Blues” incorporates a reference to the devastation of 9/11 in the airplane vapor trail and the overall blues of the color scheme. The sand sifting through my son’s hands is meant to be a statement that life in the US as we once knew it is forever changed.
“Yes I’m lonely, wanna die. If I ain’t dead already, girl you know the reason why.” ~ The Beatles