18.000 x 30.000 inches
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Visit To The Museum
Patrick Anthony Pierson
Pastel - Oil Pastel
On a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with my then fourteen-year-old daughter, Hilary, she and I walked into the room in which Degas' bronze, 'The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer,' was on display, and Hilary walked up to it, assumed the fourth position and I did a quick thumbnail sketch of them, together. A year later, I found that thumbnail sketch in my travel journal, dug up a photo of the wax original and created the oil pastel I call, 'Visit to a Museum.'
This is an oil pastel painting and Prismacolor pencil drawing. To blend the color evenly, I mask the areas around selected color-fields with FriskFilm, cutting along the graphite sketch lines on the museum board with an x-acto blade, then I apply oil pastels and blend with a rag soaked in mineral spirits, layer broad strokes of oil pastel using a light touch, push the pigment around with my fingertips, layer more color on top with pencil, then draw the details in with Prismacolors that define the finished piece.
February 11th, 2010
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