Couple Snuggling in Bed | Couple Snuggling in Bed pastel painting

Another in the Enamorado Con Amor/In Love with Love series.  Part of love is intimacy, but of course not all intimacy denotes love.  Here it does, and the couple sparkles in the play of light and shadow.  

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastels, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20"
Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastel painting, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20″ 

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail
Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

 

The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints.  The binder has a neutral hue and low intensity.  

Pastel is challenging because it is mixed and blended on the paper or other surface.  Colors cannot be tested on a palette although with the new powder pastels you can.  This work was done with sticks.  Changes are not easy to make, as you can not just paint over things.

In use since the Renaissance, they were very popular in the 18th century.  My favorite pastel painter is Renoir.  

Couple Snuggles on Sofa, acrylics, A3/8.3 x 11.5" on high quality paper

Couple Snuggles on Sofa, acrylic painting | Couple Snuggles on Sofa painting

Enamorado con Amor/In Love with Love continues with this expressionistic piece.  Without love what kind of creatures would we be?   

The background is heavily textured, applied with a knife.  Strong colors fore and aft with strong highlights on the sofa and edges of the figures.

 

Couple Snuggles on Sofa, acrylics, A3/8.3 x 11.5" on high quality paper
Couple Snuggles on Sofa, acrylics, A3/29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5 x 16.5″ on high quality paper

 

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Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail 3
Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail
Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail 2
Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail 
Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail 1
Couple Snuggles on Sofa detail