Well I finished my latest work a few days ago and still haven't settled on a name. I thought it might be fun and help me out if I had a contest to "Title the Art". If you'd like to participate and possible win a free print, visit my website later today for the details, www.studio1088.com.
I admit that I do enjoy striving to achieve a certain level of realism in my pastels. It's fun and challenging. Though it may not look it, I do hold back and remind myself that it is artwork and it's okay for some elements to be left a little 'rougher' a little more representational. I guess it's a matter of balancing which ones to refine and to what degree. Still I often get comments that my works look like (or are) photographs, which is totally flattering. I am not about showcasing a unique style or making something that looks 'artsy'. I am about the finished illustration, bringing a fantasy or moment to life. Of course reducing an image to a small low-res computer file amplifies the photo quality. I've done the opposite here and posted an extreme close up to show that it is in fact a pastel painting.