I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Desert Path, pastel, 16 x 20
This was a demo from my Monday class for which I used an alcohol wash underpainting. I enjoy working on gatorboard panels that I prepare myself because they can really take a beating and withstand being reworked many times. I wiped it down and used an alcohol wash many times to redo several sections of this painting until I was happy with it. I took the reference photo in Arizona, and I guess I'm not used to the southwestern colors, which differ drastically from what we see here in the southeast. It took me several attempts at this one, but I'm fairly happy with my final result. Can't wait to paint some more scenes from my Arizona visit!