Candy’s thoughts on the many different media she uses: I am often asked about the many different media that I use in my work. Choosing only one to work in would be like choosing only one food to eat or one type of book to read! I love the variety of different materials, styles, and subjects. When I see something that I would like to paint, the subject usually tells me what medium would be best. I’ll try to explain the different media and why I use them.
“ART happens…no hovel is safe from it, no prince may depend upon it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.”
“A picture is something which requires as much knavery, trickery, and deceit as the perpetration of a crime.”
“A picture is nothing but a bridge between the soul of the artist and that of the spectator.”
“It is ART that makes life, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
“Every ARTIST dips this brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
“ART washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”
“Great ART picks up where nature ends.”
“ART is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
“The ARTIST is the person who makes life more interesting or beautiful, more understandable or mysterious, or probably, in the best sense, more wonderful.”
“What was any ART but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - Life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.”
“ART is a staple. Like bread or wine or a warm coat in winter. Those who think it is a luxury have only a fragment of a mind. Man’s spirit grows hungry for ART in the same way his stomach growls for food.”
“ART IS LONG…LIFE IS SHORT”
Pastels are a very direct medium... drawing in color! There is no mixing of paints, only the color mixing directly on the paper with the pastels themselves. Since drawing is my favorite activity, pastels are a perfect fit. The colors are bright and vibrant and the soft texture of the sticks makes the marks look like brushstrokes. I often work in plein air and pastels are perfect for painting on location. No worrying about paint drying too fast or transporting wet paintings. Because speed is important in working outdoors under changing light conditions, pastels are ideal for capturing the scene quickly.
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Collage is the “fun medium.” It is exciting to work with all the beautiful handmade papers, fabrics, trim, rubber stamps and found objects to create a work of art. I most often turn to collage when I’m working on a theme piece. Texture, design, and color are all very important. I always incorporate some of my original drawings to make them truly unique.
PEN & INK
I like to draw old, historical buildings that I see in our travels and in Downtown El Paso. Pen & ink is my choice to get the fine detail that I want. I use a very small quill point, which gives me very fine lines, but it is also flexible enough to get the fluid, variable, expressive line that makes my drawings more than just architectural renderings. I use crosshatching to develop the dramatic darks and shadows necessary for drama and contrast.
When I want to do a large, dramatic, finished painting, acrylics are what I turn to. I love the look of the semi-transparent washes and glazes that let the texture of the canvas and the colors of the underpainting show through. Yet acrylics can also have the thick, painterly look of individual brushstrokes. The colors are rich and vibrant. I like to work quickly so the slow drying time of oils is a negative feature. Acrylics are easy to work with and cleanup is easier, also.