Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
Charcoal and pastel are sublimely responsive to the subtleties of application. It is possible to make the wispiest of strokes and the darkest, most opaque areas of deep dark with a single stick of charcoal. Pastel can be blended or layered or scratched into to make entirely different surfaces. It’s all in the touch and the direct connection from the hand to the brain. I have been working primarily in pastel for almost 10 years, just recently switching to charcoal. The shift in medium from vivid color to black and white has profoundly affected both how I see my subjects and how I render them.
It’s the place in my head where I am most who I am meant to be. Whether it’s going well or poorly, it’s the work that is satisfying and engaging and enlarges me.
I have lived in Cheverly, Maryland since 1980 and have seen the Gateway Arts District growing.
Don’t compromise what you want to do, what you think you ought to do, before you start. Try it. Succeed or fail. Let the world shoot you down, don’t do it to yourself.
I am addicted to the flow, the zone, the whatever you call it, that happens when work is going well, when things are humming. Someone once said to me that there was one good cigarette in each pack and he smoked looking for it. I start each picture thinking it’s going to be that good one that transports me in the making of it. Keeps me going.
I struggle to keep my work true and fresh and exciting to make. I work hard to say things that are interesting in my drawings. And like any artist, I am challenged to be seen, to be understood and appreciated.
Visit her online at: www.ellencornett.com
Meet Ellen at Art Night Out – With Ellen Cornett & Sheppard Bear at Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center. Tickets are $25 per person. Click link for more details.
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