Thursday, 28 June 2012

Sentinel's Blue Haze, Update

 I decided that this painting needed some improvement since it was very unbalanced due to having so many trees in the darker values on one side so it seems to work better with another smaller tree on the left side as well. I also took the picture using the flash and it turned out much cooler which worked nicely for the blues in the sky and distant land mass and unfortunately not so good at picking up on the warm values in the shrubbery.

Sentinel’s Blue Haze, Pastel on Wallis Paper, 12×18”

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis grandis)

The Himalayan Blue Poppy is one of those plants that every gardener wants to try however; it is also one of those things that is oh so easy to kill. I’ve tried to grow three different plants and even tried to start them from seed, and I still don’t have a single surviving plant in my garden even though they are supposed to be hardy here. Guess I’ll have to settle for a pastel painting of this stunning blue poppy. I used a reference image from the free reference image library on Wet Canvas. For some reason the picture is a little dark and flat looking, so some of the flowers and foliage don’t come across as well as they are in reality but the blue color is fairly accurate. 

Himalayan Blue Poppies, Pastel on Uart Paper, 9x12”

Monday, 4 June 2012

Autumn Gold

I thought that it was time to paint a landscape featuring the Cottonwoods or the like as seen in works by masers such as Clyde Aspevig and Scott Christensen. Not that I can come anywhere close to their talent but I’m pleased enough with this one too call it my favorite of the year so far. Funny how I end up painting an autumn scene in the spring, but go figure, I never did make sense. I’ll get back to spring/summer theme when the mood strikes me, which will probably happen soon considering all the cool, overcast spring weather we’ve been getting in this part of the world.

Autumn Gold, Pastel on Wallis, 12x18"
I used the usual Unsion and Ludwig pastels on Wallis Pro White paper, based on a reference photo from Johannes Vloothuis picture download. I didn’t have to change the picture much other than suggest the distant hills a little more, edit out those dragon’s teeth evergreen trees and modify the tree to the right so it would be one large plant instead of two. Simplify where ever you can.