Monday, 25 March 2013

Snow Covered Tree

Here it is at the end of winter and I have completed my third winter painting  this time of a single deciduous tree covered in freshly fallen snow. I don’t find that the soft grays, violets and whites translate so well with a photograph since this painting is so much more lovely in reality and I really like the delicate silvery quality. I used the Ludwig and Unison pastels on Colorfix Suede paper.

Snow Covered Tree, pastel on paper, 14x18"

Friday, 22 March 2013

Two Winter Scene's

With the end of wintering drawing near I decided to post a couple of the winter scene’s that I’ve done this year.  I don’t do very many winter paintings since they don’t really appeal to me but found a few reference photo’s that I liked. The first painting is of a frozen pond or river (not sure which) using some new paper called Colorfix Suede. At first I wasn’t fond of the paper since it didn’t hold as many layers of pastel and my harder pastels didn’t work with it as well but the Ludwig’s seem to be fine. The second painting is of a sunrise through a snow storm in what looks like a park with lovely evergreens. Once again this painting is done on the Colorfix Suede paper and I’m learning how to deal with this new surface but I’ll be glad to return to my Wallis and Uart papers when I get the chance.

Winter Reflection, Pastel on Paper, 14x18"

Snowy Morning, Pastel on Paper, 14x18"

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Field in Pink and Coral

This is another painting that I did of a field of flowers on a spring or summer day and I used those beautiful Terry Ludwig Vibrants to achieve the corals and pinks. There’s something about the winter time that makes me want to paint spring and summer while other artists are painting winter scenes. Looking at this picture with fresh eyes I see that I should have painted the middle ground shrubbery with lighter values to make it look further away and perhaps I’ll still scumble a violet over the greens to do the same thing. Overall I’m fairly happy with this painting and there is something inviting about the warm pinks and corals.

Field in Pink and Coral, Pastel on Paper, 9x12"