Waiting To Be Played
Medium: Pastels on Pastelmat
Size: 18″ x 24″ (unframed)
Year of creation: 2022
Part of the Graceful Feminine Series
“Waiting to be Played,” depicts a woman lying down on her side, her naked body a canvas for the intricate cello tattoo that spans her back. The artwork exudes a sense of anticipation and longing, perhaps even sexual, as if the woman is waiting for someone to come and bring her music and her body to life. The cello, a symbol of classical elegance and sophistication, adds a layer of depth and meaning to the piece, inviting the viewer to contemplate the intersection of art, beauty, passion, and music.
What on Earth is a Pastel?
Pastel as an artistic medium is pure pigment dust held together by a transparent binder and formed in a stick or encased in a pencil. Pastel works age beautifully, their brilliant colour does not fade with the passing of time.
This artwork was created with pastel pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat®, a paper card specially created for pastel paintings. The pastel pigments bind greatly with the Pastelmat, and no fixative is needed to secure the applied layers. However, pastel works should never be directly touched. They are best kept under a matted, glass-protected frame and away from high humidity, direct sunlight, or extreme heat.