|The Home Stretch|
by Jane McElvany Coonce
This painting is a pastel. I used to do a lot of pastels, but it's expensive to frame them, much more so than an oil painting. An in the hierarchy of art, oil reigns supreme, and therefore, sells better. I'm not sure why since oil and pastel use the exact same pigments. Some people feel that pastels aren't as stable. But if they are behind glass, they are just as lasting as an oil painting.
Every once in a while , I miss doing pastel and so I pull out my set of pastels and paint. For some reason, I love doing horse racing in pastels. I've done at least 10 horse racing scenes - all in pastels. I've never done one in oil. Don't think I'll try either. I like how the pastels look with the animals fur and with the jockeys' clothing.
If you get a chance, go down to The Art League and see the show. It's a good one.