Today’s Noteworthy artist is Angie Snyder Lande who will be offering a review on samples of PASTELMAT provided by Armadillo Art. PASTELMAT is a premium acid-free and lightfast card surface (360gsm / 170lb) specially developed by Clairefontaine for pastelists. Its unique velvety surface, made from a fine coating of cellulose fibers, has the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of even the softest pastels. PASTELMAT is ideal for use with all dry media, and is also water resistant for use with washes and mixed media techniques.
The inspiration for this painting is a sunset from Siesta Key, Florida. I am always photographing skies. They are a painter’s dream with their ever-changing colors and forms. I am intrigued with light, how it glows and falls on forms. This glow I try to achieve, gives a feeling of warmth throughout my work that is peaceful and inviting.
I really enjoy working with this paper. I usually work on tinted paper for most of my pastel and charcoal drawings because it acts as an underpainting or *imprimatura.
I am always looking for a great surface that will hold up to many layers of color. PASTELMAT was soft like velvet yet durable. It handled well with soft pastel sticks as well as pastel pencil. I even worked with blending sticks, which can sometimes rough up the paper. I chose the black paper to bring contrast to the bold, warm sunset colors.
I appreciate the versatility between achieving soft blended areas of color as well as bold accents. I plan to experiment with wet media on the PASTELMAT as well.
Angie is inspired by the beauty around her. Forms, lines, textures, tones and colors transform into works of art. The forms become illuminated and sometimes figurative. The tactile experience from the creative process influences the emotion revealed from the finished work. Her drawings and paintings reflect her thoughts, her feelings, her life. Visit Angie Snyder Lande’s Art Page on Facebook
Angie Snyder Lande received her BFA from Kutztown University and has maintained her studio at the Banana Factory for over 10 years. During this time, her work has been on display throughout the region in galleries, juried shows, and invitational exhibitions. Angie has also supervised numerous mural projects throughout the community, and continues to teach drawing and painting to all age levels.