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Figure drawing classes have been a gift to her artistic development, where she was also introduced to pastels. At Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Smeraldo learned more about colour. Now that she has discovered her passion for pastels, she can sculpt on paper with a portable, direct and tactile medium. She can combine her love of drawing and colour in paintings. Wherever Carol travels she visits potters and galleries and always takes her pastels with her since she can’t take clay!
“Over the past 15 years, my love of drawing and painting has in some mysterious ways influenced my clay work. I have often been inspired at live concerts to make quick ink sketches which seemed to be driven by the music. When I discovered pastels, I was excited about translating these abstract sketches into colourful paintings. These early pastel paintings were the beginnings of A Symbolic Journey in Porcelain, Part One”.
Then Smeraldo started painting more landscapes on dark paper in preparation for Journey 2 Raku. During work on Journey 3 Light, her paintings became focused on the affects of light in the landscapes
She continues to attend weekly Figure Drawing Sessions. “I always counseled my students to DRAW, DRAW, DRAW. As all pianists practice the scales, all artists including potters need to practice their scales-figure drawing. There is nothing like it and no substitute for learning to See as an artist needs to See.”
All of the paintings are soft pastel on paper or sanded card.
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Recently, 2 pastel painting workshops will be having an influence on the direction of Smeraldo’s work. A workshop in the Fall of 2014 with Marla Baggetta on Loosening Up and another workshop in the Fall of 2015 with Diana Sanford on moving towards abstraction working on being in the moment. Both workshops were fantastic and incredibly well arranged by Linda Wright, a potter in beautiful Baddeck in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
RECENT LANDSCAPE WORK-”Lake Eagle Series”
Carol’s Story continued
“Lake Eagle Series” Abstracted
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