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Night Moves

“Night Moves”
oil pastels and coloured pencils. 240 x 350 mm.
April 2018

“We weren’t in love oh no far from it” (Bob Seger sings in “Night Moves“).   Nor am I in love with Moulin Rouge  but I certainly am captivated by her lit-up sails and their effect on Place Blanche.  “I used her, she used me but neither one cared/we were getting our share“.  She gives me art, I give her publicity (not that she needs any from me)!!

“Night Moves” is a partner to “Irresistible Blanche”.  They are the same size and will hang side by side when exhibited in September.

For those of you interested in my technique using oil pastels as undercoat to coloured pencils, below is the drawing when the oil pastel/undercoat stage was completed.  At this point I was ready to begin layering coloured pencils on top.  You can read about this technique in my post Brush and Pencil or in the April 2018 issue of Ann Kullberg’s Color –  https://annkullberg.com/collections/color-magazine-all-issues

You could say the cake was the oil pastel and the icing the coloured pencils.  Cake + icing = delicious!

 

 

Irresistible Blanche

“Irresistible Blanche”
coloured pencils and oil pastels. 235 x 350 mm.
October 2017

Place Blanche bursts into technicolor life as dusk deepens into evening.

As I have mentioned in past posts, Place Blanche is decrepit during the day.  (Perhaps it was always so, even in the late 19th century.)  Iconic Moulin Rouge in daylight hours is clothed in a dreary red – a courtesan well past her prime.

However, linger until the sun goes down.  Eventually the windmill’s blades start to turn.  All the lights pop on and the area becomes a roaring kaleidoscope of colour.    At dusk Place Blanche is transformed into an artist’s fantasy.

Surely this can’t be real?!

“Irresistible Blanche” on the easel.