Melody is a Kalamazoo artist working in pastel. She has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo shows. Her work has been accepted into many juried competitions in both regional and national exhibitions.
She is a member of the following organizations:
The Great Lakes Pastel Society- http://greatlakespastelsociety.org/
Pastel Society of America (associate member)- http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org/
She also teaches pastel at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
" I love working with pastels. It has the rich colors of paints. But because it is a dry medium, there is no mixing of pigments before applying and there is no drying time between layers. I can draw lines of pure pigment, and I can layer individual colors or can physically blend them together."
Pastel is pure pigment held together with a binding agent and contains little to no chalk. Pastels are applied to papers having a texture or "tooth" to hold the particles of pigment.
Learn more about Melody:
WMUK interview: http://www.wmuk.org/post/art-beat-colors-impact
Encore magazine: http://www.encorekalamazoo.com/peaceful-pastels
On Facebook: Melody Allen Artwork