Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Early Spring Morn

It was time to paint a larger pastel landscape, in fact it’s probably the largest that I’ve done to date. With spring just around the corner it seemed time to create a pastel landscape based on my river/trees theme and I wanted to feature both deciduous and coniferous trees. The cooler pinks, violets, yellows and greens seem to be the best choice for a softer spring color selection. I also used low key values since the sun is just thinking of peeking over the trees on a cool and overcast spring morning.

Early Spring Morn, Pastel on Wallis Belgium Mist, 18 x 24”
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This is the original picture; I decided that there was just too much water in the foreground and the composition was just too symmetrical so I cropped it:

I used Wallis Belgium Mist which certainly does take many layers of color providing a chance to create a rich and textured tapestry of color, something only the Belgium Mist will allow. I hope Kitty Wallis will continue to make this paper for years to come.

The original reference picture came from a collection of high quality photo’s that I downloaded from Johannes Vloothuis for a minimal fee of $20. He has over 700 pictures of various landscape scenes and buildings including scenes from Mexico and Cape Cod. Worth checking out especially if you’re as bad at finding pictures with a descent composition to work from as I am: http://www.improvemypaintings.com/Reference%20Photos.html


  1. Beautiful scene Barbara xx

  2. It's so nice that we can just change reality to make it better....lovely water scape, looks like a an early morning mist!

  3. Thanks Claire, Jane. Yes never do as the picture tells you in landscape painting, it's always wrong! Good to hear that it looks like an early morning mist, that's just what I was hoping.

  4. Ciao,
    I like your paint for the atmosphere, there are not too much contrast but this give more uniformity and seems that every tree is a friend of the others.
    Ciao, Floriana

  5. Thanks, good to hear that you like it; upon retrospect, I think the water should be a little darker to avoid value stacking with the sky.