“I adore the process of painting,” artist Leoni Duff says. “I love experimenting in pastel, and I find the many possibilities and methods of application interesting.” For example, she may dilute pastel in Turpenoid for an underpainting; scrape pastel sticks with a knife to drop fine grains of color over a painting to create textural effects; or build an underpainting with strong color to enhance various areas.
Whether painting still lifes or landscapes, Duff says, “In my view, art is essentially poetry made visible. As Leonardo da Vinci said, ‘Poetry is painting without images, and painting is poetry without words.’ That’s my approach to painting. I seek to move the heart and mind of the viewers and to deepen their understanding of life.”
To learn more about Duff’s painting style and inspiration, see the August 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, available at www.northlightshop.com in print or as a digital download, or on newsstands July 14.
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