23rd May 2022 Dr Beena
Hello guys, I hope all are faring well😊. I wish to describe this painting which was my art classwork. In this class, I learned to use pastels to create this painting. Pastels come in various forms. I used the hard type of pastel, not the oil-based ones here. For the first layer, after applying the colours, you can apply water to blend and create a soft, diffused look. After that, you add on more colours and blend. I preferred to use my fingers to blend even though I had the option of using wet wipes as it has alcohol. However, I had better control with my fingers even though it got messy😊.
The picture depicts a row of houses facing the sea with windswept flowers in the foreground. It gives a feeling of dusk or dawn, depending on how you feel it. Many felt the picture exudes a sense of serenity. However, one thought it was pretty depressing. I was then reminded of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte☹. I did feel there was an element of sadness in that picture beneath that layer of quietude. I always felt the books by the Bronte sisters were depressing. All of them died in the prime of life, leaving behind some of the greatest classics. They wrote under the pseudonym of Currer ( Charlotte), Ellis (Emily)and Acton (Anne) Bell. In those days, female writers had to surmount monumental challenges to get their work published.
Nevertheless, most felt the picture depicted a happy place for a getaway. Many asked if this place was in Kuching. It is not in Kuching, but I felt there was a universality about that picture. It could be anywhere in the world. On that note, hope you enjoyed my musings on this picture😊😊.