Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sentinel’s Blue Haze

That camera won’t pick up on the pale blue color so well that dominates the landscape beyond the outcrop where the viewer is standing overlooking the valley below. Wish we had landscapes around here in Southern Ontario; it is so beautiful and rugged at the same time. This is another scene painted from one of Johannes Vloothuis’ picture download and I’m fairly happy with the outcome. Not sure that I like the row of shrubbery around the edge of the rock face but it helps divide foreground from the landscape below. Still, I might brush them out in the future. What do you think?

Sentinel’s Blue Haze, Pastel on Wallis, 12x18"
I used a few colors from the Girault Warm & Cool Set which arrived just after I nicely got the darker tones down in the trees and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to mix the Girault's with the softer Unison and Ludwig pastels. The three seem to work well together. I think the Girault’s might be more suited to floral work since they are very small and harder than the others and yet they  have a softness about them that makes them friendly with the softies. They also get along nicely with the Wallis paper, which is an excellent development since this is my favorite surface.


  1. barbara this is such a wonderful and beautiful landscape. Love it. The depth and the totally view, marvelous.
    Lovely greet

  2. This is so beautiful, love how you created the sensation of great distance, lovely movement in the sky, too.

  3. Thank you Marja and Jane, it's greatly appreciated.