Pastel artist Joe Mac Kechnie’s favorite part of the pastel painting process is the painting’s final stage. “I no longer fuss over details and accuracy, but use my gut instinct to take a tight painting and turn it into a work of art,” says Mac Kechnie, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100 Richeson/Unison Pastels Gold Award. The Kenmore, Wash.-based artist spends about 25 percent of this final stage actually making marks; the rest of the time is spent contemplating next steps. “Though the finished painting may look carefree, loose and impressionistic, the final marks to get that look were done carefully and with purpose.”
For an in-depth look at Mac Kechnie’s art and process, including his award-winning painting, Running on Air, check out the April 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, available at www.northlightshop.com and on newsstands March 10. His award-winning painting can also be seen in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition slideshow.
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