|Off the Beaten Path, pastel, 9 x 12|
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
|River Walk, oil, 10 x 8|
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
|One More Hay Bale, pastel, 9 x 12|
When planning my color palette, I scribble out little color swatches on a piece of scrap paper, preferably a little spare piece from the same paper/surface that I'll be working on.
First I just randomly scribble out some initial guesses to see what looks good next to what, and then narrow it down to create a more organized group of color swatches. Although I try not to add too many more colors or change my mind and go in a different color direction, I'll still certainly need to go back into my pastel box to tweak things a bit with more accurate values and color temperatures once I get the painting going. But I mainly try to stick with the same color families when I add to it.
For this painting, working on Uart paper, I started with a monochromatic underpainting using a dark blue Nupastel and an alcohol wash.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
|Afternoon Glow, pastel, 8 x 10|
Thursday, February 16, 2012
|Curve in the Path, pastel, 9 x 12|
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
|value study, oil, 8 x 10|
Thursday, February 9, 2012
|Five O'clock Shadows, pastel, 9 x 12|
I'm having my pastel classes paint southwestern desert landscapes for the next couple of weeks. Since I've visited that part of the country only a handful of times, I can't say I'm an expert at painting this type of landscape. But I poured over the work of my favorite artists who paint the southwest to study their color use, since that's what I've found to be the challenge of this unique scenery. I found that the colors that worked best for this type of landscape lean more toward pale, muted hues, rather than the vibrant versions of those colors we're tempted to try. Since I wanted to focus on the shadows along the path for this painting, I bumped up the color intensity just in that area. The scene used here for my demo from this morning's class is from Arizona, just outside of the Phoenix area.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
|Barn on the Edge, oil, 9 x 12|
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
|Frozen Marsh at Dusk, pastel, 9 x 12|