|'A Touchy Subject'|
This summer has produced some beautiful thistles in my area. The vibrant purple of the flower head is so eye catching as I drive around. In this painting I have tried to communicate how beauty exists in harmony with the gnarly, threatening and extreme sharp bracts and stems. It reminds me of Snow white eating the shiny red apple, the flower is so bright and alluring but it will pierce anything that dares to touch it.
This painting was done using alcohol to melt the pastel into which I have carved the dominant thistles. I have taken inspiration from the shapes and textures created by the underpainting. Much of what you see is underpainting, particularly the soft suggestive background and dark mysterious foreground. I will be demonstrating this technique for the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia 2 March in Mount Waverly.