Friday, October 7, 2011

Forest Morning

        36 X 28                       Pastel                    $275                            SOLD
This is a large piece for me - especially working in pastel. I wanted to record all the textures and shapes I saw in the scene. The only way to do that was to go big. I've painted a few dark, brooding forest scenes, so this one was a refreshing change of pace.

Colorful Sunset Surrounds the Barn

                        16 X 20           Pastel                    $175
I encounter this scene on my daily walk. The small camera I bought to capture scenes such as this finally paid off. Within seconds the sun moved behind a cloud, and the drama was lost. But my trusty camera had captured what I was looking for, and I was able to supplement my memory with the photograph as I painted. I guess I should be saying "as I drew," since pastel is considered drawing, not painting.
I succeeded in keeping this painting loose, in part perhaps, because I was hurrying to get it ready for a show.