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.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Canton & Plum Tree, pastel, 12 x 9
Today we finished our series on buildings and structures in my pastel class. This last one (also from Canton St. in Historic Roswell, GA) had lots of foliage intermingled with the structure, so my goal was to be sure to harmonize the color between the two. There were bright orange flowers in the foreground, which I wanted to keep in my painting, so I needed to include some variations of orange hues in a few other areas. As long as I use a muted version of this color, and possibly a lighter value, it will still recede into the distance.
I think my students have had enough straight lines for awhile, so on to something else for our next few classes. Hmmm....what shall it be?