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Featured Artist: Adriana Meiss

“Mud Creek”, 7″ x 5″

 

“My pastel paintings are personal recordings of places that have left a strong impression on me, that is why I want my work to reflect that special light or mood of the scene that attracted me to it in the first place.   I am not looking for a perfect rendition of the landscape or objects, instead, I strive to convey a feeling and a sense of place.” ~Adriana Meiss

Adriana Meiss found art early in life, drawing the architecture of houses and fashionable dresses she liked. It was in high school where she discovered her talent for drawing when she started winning competitions. However, college and beyond brought out her “practical” side and Adriana found science to be more suitable, but she kept coming back to art. While she was waiting on approval for graduate school, she had one of the best years of her life creating a portfolio of art, in all sorts of media — watercolor, oils and pastels. After family and other jobs, it was much later, in 2001, when Adriana found art creeping in again, and it was here to stay.  

“Rural Twilight”, 11″ x 14

 

“Aflame”, 5″ x 7

 

Adriana attended a local guild exhibit and found herself drawn to the pastel works, all by different artists. It was the brilliance of the color that drew her in and she began to research pastels before setting into working with the medium.  Even though she has tried other mediums since, she has found that pastels not only work with her quick painting style, but also easily create the atmosphere for which she is known.

Pastelbord™ makes sense for Adriana’s style for numerous reasons, and it is her preference for paint-out sessions.  Because she doesn’t need to use additional support or apply her own ground with the Pastelbord, it works well for travel, plein air and is easy to frame. One of Adriana’s initial draws to Pastelbord was how the board could be washed off if a painting wasn’t acceptable. The board doesn’t warp either while rinsing or with a wet painting style, which makes it durable long term. “Being able to reuse a support is not only practical,” she says, “but also convenient because of the ready made texture and support structure.” And, with the museum quality Archival-seal™ barrier technology from Ampersand, Pastelbord will be around for a long time to come.

To see more of Adriana’s work and learn her process, visit her blog or her website.

 

Now with Pastelbord™being on sale at up to 40% off for Spring, it is a good time to purchase!  Check out our website for the closest retailer to you:  Spring Sale Retailers

Tips for Painting on Pastelbord

“Front Yard”,12″ x 16″ on Pastelbord by Adriana Meiss

 

Pastelbord™:  A uniquely coated museum quality panel suitable for pastels, coated with a fine marble dust finish comparable to sanded paper except more durable and more versatile.  

Since pastels are a fragile medium, they need a gritty surface to grab, especially when building in layers.  Pastelbord can be used wet or dry with soft, hard, or oil pastels using traditional pastel techniques or even with acrylics.  As with all museum series panels, the surface is pH neutral, non-yellowing and archival.

For those of you new to either pastels or Pastelbord, let’s look at some tips on using Pastelbord to it’s fullest potential.  

  • Start your piece using hard pastels and then cover with soft pastels to save the expensive pastels for finish work.
  • For maximum detail, use pastel pencils in the finishing stages
  • Consider using watersoluble pastels as the surface can be used wet or dry without buckling or curling.
  • Panels are available in sand, grey, green and white for alternative undertones.
  • For alternative ground colors or even metallics, lay down a watercolor or acrylic wash with a brush before using pastels.  Either work over the wet surface while it is wet or after it has dried.
  • Try misting the surface with water before laying down an underpainting, to create a deep even tone.
  • Consider shaving pastels with a razor over the panel and misting to soften.  Use a brush for blending as Barb Pinc paints in this demonstration.
  • To lift color, use a wet brush to lightly press pigment and wipe off on a towel.
  • For blending pastels, try using a wet brush to go back in and soften edges or blend colors.
  • Frame the finished piece behind glass with a spacer.

Awake in the World by Ken Muenzenmayer, acrylic on Pastelbord
Have you considered painting on Pastelbord?  
  • Try painting on Pastelbord with acrylics.   Acrylic paint is known for drying quickly; however, Pastelbord’s open surface allows for the paint to dry slower, allows for lifting of the paint during working time.  
  • Pastelbord’s ground options create a natural middle ground color for painting, so that the tone can easily be highlighted or darkened for dramatic work.
  • Pastelbord’s clay surface absorbs the pigmented washes well, consider mixing water with the acrylics to get a full rich color wash.
  • Transparent pigments work well to show the layers of color and still allow for absorption into the ground.
  • Drybrush works well on the rough surface of Pastelbord to show deep layers of color.

 

Since Pastelbord is now 40% off at retailers around the country, it is a good time to make a purchase.  To find a retailer near you:  Pastelbord on Sale.