Sunday, 20 May 2012

Oregon’s Silver Falls Study

There is something very beautiful about waterfalls that does make painting a few a must for most landscape painters. I’ve been researching the most notable waterfalls around the world and came across Silver Falls in Oregon, US and knew that I just had to paint this one. Hopefully research will yield more lovely pictures of this area, regardless, I will be returning to this subject. This particular waterfall is the Lower South Falls so one of my next waterfall subject will be the North Falls. I used Girault’s, Unison’s and Ludwig pastels on Uart paper.

Oregon's Silverfall Study, pastel on Uart, 9x12"

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.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Wetlands Study

Living near the Grand River has given me an appreciation of the beauty and serenity of the wetlands and all the wonderful species that rely on the wetlands. The reference picture could be anywhere but it reminded me of this area and I loved the evergreen trees since they have so much character.  I was growing tired of dominantly blue skies, so I painted this one mainly a pretty shimmery pink which didn’t translate through the camera so well, neither did the trees. Cameras and artwork just don’t always cooperate with each other so well. This was meant to be a quick study using a new surface that I created from Colorfix primer on Canson Board, and have to say that I’m very happy that the container is now gone and only three more Colorfix surfaces left to deal with before I can say a final ‘so long’ to this surface. I’ll be very happy to return to Wallis and Uart for my pastel surfaces. I used my usual Unison and Ludwig combination of pastels.

Wetlands Study, Pastel on Board, 9x12"