Saturday, 29 December 2012

Poppy Field Study

I decided to create a few works with brighter colors using pinks and corals and found a beautiful reference photo of a poppy field. I actually did this painting back in November right around Remembrance Day but am just getting around to posting it now. Better late than never I suppose. I wanted to keep things fresh, loose and more gestural than my usual detailed interpretations and hope that I accomplished a good piece. I tried to capture a sense of movement and the energy of a field at the height of a clear and sunny day. I can almost see the bees and butterflies going from one flower to the next in the search for nectar.

Poppy Field, Pastel on Wallis, 9x12” 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Autumn Marsh

Autumn Marsh Pastel on Wallis, 9x12"

I was going through my computer files and found this painting that I did a couple months ago and forgot to post about it. I worked from a reference photo that I bought from Johannes Vloothuis and really liked the composition and decided to liven it up with some bright rusty oranges and golds to create an inviting scene.  I tried to play with different mark making techniques to bring energy and interest. The picture reminds me of many a fall scene around here in Southern Ontario.

Original Photo