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Murrieta, CA, United States
Hi! Welcome to my blog. I am a mixed media artist who lives in Murrieta, California. I work in acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and other water and drawing media. My main subjects are abstracts, abstract landscapes, florals and gardens, equine abstracts and dog portraits. I love to use color! I try to incorporate the three C's in all of my work - color, contrast and composition! Most of these paintings are for sale. Please check with me for availability and prices if not posted. Contact me at: carol.engles@gmail.com carolenglesart.blogspot.com or carolengles.artspan.com Art copyrighted 2008-2016

Monday, October 17, 2011

Q and A with Carol: Why do you work mainly with pastel and watercolor on paper instead of oil on canvas?

This is a good question. Oil (and/or acrylic) on canvas is arguably the most popular painting medium and support.  Watercolor and pastel have their fans as well. As artists we usually prefer one or two media over others. Most artists don't do everything. Picasso was an exception! I took lots of art classes in my college years and after and learned from all of them. I took a weaving class at my Mom's request so that I could do a wall hanging for her and even though I love textiles and tapestries, I was not cut out to be a weaver. I also took print making classes as well as many classes in painting, design and drawing and realized that I enjoyed working on paper. I don't really enjoy working with thick paint and a "bouncy" canvas. Plus, watercolor and pastel are immediate. And they are perfect for someone who likes to sketch and draw rather paint entirely with brushes. And in the case of pastels, they are brilliant. Under glass, pastels jump out at you. Obviously, they need to be under glass and framed. That is why I try to do paintings in sizes that can easily fit in a ready made frame to save on costs. A simple metal or wood frame is always classy and appropriate
 Just like everything in life, you do a better job if you enjoy what you're doing!

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