Saturday, June 29, 2013

Owl Still-life demonstration

On June 22 I was Invited to do a Demonstration at the Piedmont Pastel Society in Charlotte,NC. What a lovely space they have- nice cool light and plenty of shades on the windows with which to control the light.

  I chose a rather complicated still-life to do because frankly they are more fun to watch but in retrospect I should have chosen a smaller format as I would have been able to get farther in the painting. I have decided therefore to finish the piece through this blog so everyone can see how I would proceed
                                                                                                                                                                        I worked on a sanded board which I prepared myself with a combination of gesso, acrylic and pumice.
I did my underpainting with pan pastels because it covers beautifully on this surface and it blends well with stick pastels. In fact one can go back and forth for a while before transitioning to the sticks entirely

I did make some changes in the composition- lowering the flower and moving the birds nest farther back. I filled in the background more completely. Now I will be beginning to work in more detail, but I will show you that in a later post.

Monday, June 24, 2013

My name is Anne Kiefaber and i have been an artist and teacher for over 20 years. I was trained at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in baltimore then went to Paris and studied both at the Louvre evening school and at the Ecole Montparnasse.

Though I am primarily a landscape and figure painter, I have recently been fascinated by  the still-life. i must say the show at the North carolina Museum last october on the still-life really got me going and i have been attempting some rather difficult concepts

The still-life pictured here is an example- Its called "Pandora"s box" and it is the first of a series. I have never really done a series on the same subject before but the idea of pandora's box containing all the ills that we now face is rather fascinating. This one is a pastel done on canson touch paper. The box is barely opened and already evil personified by the snake and the beginning of pestilence are shown here. The picure in the far back has flowers and blue birds which give hope. I used mostly softer pastels to indicate the mists and to get a high color key. i have since added a locust so i will send a later post to show you

If you are interested in viewing more of my work visit my website at