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.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Red Top Mountain studies
With my son having an unexpected week off from school during "Snowmagedon 2011," I still haven't been able to get completely back into my painting groove. But in trying to steal tiny blocks of studio time here and there, I've been working up small color studies. I find that it's the thought process that gets rusty when my painting routine gets interrupted, so these little practice studies are a less frustrating way to help me get back up to speed. In these three 5x7ish studies, I varied the colors as well as the areas of contrast for each. As rough as they are, notice that they still each convey a very different mood. In my Monday and Thursday morning pastel classes, we'll be examining this some more.