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page-3c                      Untitled 2002 <> oil pastel & colored pencil on paper <> 11"  x 15"
cactus design
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This was made with oil pastel. Oil pastel makes instant art. Brushes are easy to clean. Colors blend with brush, finger or rag. You can start and stop instantly. The downside is that layering color over color is difficult since pigments are not adhesive to each other nor do they dry. With oil pastel, the story is told with a few thin layers. It is possible to spray fixative and apply another layer, but the top layer will detach when touched. In contrast, oil paints can be built with many layers.

I used oil pastel since it is similar to drawing. Drawings tell stories in a thin layer. I prefer drawing over painting, but drawing takes tremendous labor when covering large areas. Oil pastel lets you cover large area quickly.

This picture is about change. Using as many colors and gestures as possible, each part of the picture is different, yet related to the next part. This is identical to history and biology. For example cell structure and national borders contain unique inner workings. Some areas have strong borders while others have no borders. And no matter what struggles take place, borders constantly change. Change is powered by something. I believe that change is powered by competition for survival, which implies that all things are living.
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