Forgotten, oil pastel


My goal with this painting was to create a quiet, but forgotten subject – what better way than to illustrate an abandoned windmill along a marshy river.  I found a perfect summer scene and saw winter, so you know the story .  .  .

Forgotten, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream-tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers and Holbeins oil pastels.  Most of the OPs were scrubbed on and then moved with clay shapers.

Hope you enjoy ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Forgotten

The summer reference image was taken by David Battye a photographer with pmp.

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Fresh Snow, oil pastel


The list keeps growing with so many great winter scenes to paint, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few more for the rest of 2014 before going back to painting still life’s and flowers.

First up is Fresh Snow, an oil pastel (7×5), that’s painted on Strathmore Pastel Paper (light gray tinted).  This isn’t my favorite paper to paint on because I have to put up a good fight to get decent coverage and a nice blend, but I can’t let a hefty supply go to waste and thought the light gray would help to achieve the look I was after (gray skies, with the sun trying to peek out).  Oil pastel brands used were Senneliers, holbeins and neopastels and for tools a razor, painters knife and clay shapers.

While I used a reference image, it was changed a bit from the original that had a gray heavy atmosphere, to one where the sun is trying to come out after a snowfall thus giving the piece a lighter feel overall.  Please click onto the image for a larger view.

Fresh SnowThe reference image was from Wetcanvas library (taken by Joycelynart). 

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Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, final


Majesty of Grace finally comes to an end today – what a trip and one worth taking.

Majesty of Grace, 6×9, drawing was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper (smooth side) using graphite pencil (4H, 2H, HB and 2B).  All blending was done with a stump for a smooth (but not the smoothest) appearance, wanted to show some roughness of a turbulent sea.  Values played a large role in making the incoming booming wave and splash come alive.  The highlights were achieved with keeping white space white, but also moving a kneading eraser strategically to create sea-foam and sun sparkles.  I was going to add a few gulls, but decided to keep the original intent, illustrating the power of a wave.

Thank you for sticking with the project – hope you have a great weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view of details.

Majesty of Grace

Majesty of Grace

A wonderful artist and photographer, Ruth Archer of pmp, took a great reference shot that I based my drawing off of.

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Winter Quiet – oil pastel


I’ve waited over a year to paint this scene – the early evening colors of winter at the farm in its natural surrounding really attracted me.  This painting may well be a contender for our Christmas card.

Winter Quiet, an oil pastel (8×10) is painted on a gesso-prepared hard board, using Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery brand oil pastels – both soft in application, but not so that they fill up the surface tooth too quickly.  The painting started with an acrylic underpainting (ultramarine, payne’s gray and white) to establish values.   My fingers, clay shapers and a painters knife were used to spread and blend the oil pastels.  A lot of negative painting and scraping took place to develop the cloud structures.

Hope our friends in Buffalo, NY can withstand the next round of snow about to hit them – 8′ of snow is nearly impossible to shovel.  Snow can be really beautiful, but too much of a good thing, well  .   .   .

Winter QuietThe reference image was taken by my friend Elena’s (an incredible artist at PMP) Mother.  The photograph was taken one evening in Germany when she was out exploring the countryside, she happened to come upon grazing sheep.

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Dedicated to my WordPress Friends! 2014 Red Candle Unveiled


Too funny, whoever said I’m not tenacious!  I wasn’t about to give up on my little red candle.  So based on everyone’s great feedback, particularly Rhonda and Eva, I made some final touches leaving me with two options (threw out one of the close-ups) to add to our Christmas Card possibilities for 2014.

Red Candle, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on white heavy card stock paper with mainly Senneliers and Neopastels.  Notice the dripping red wax, glow on the walls and table, darkened top edges of the background to help achieve some glow (w/o dark you can’t have light) and finally some reflections on the table.  Your feedback helped me see the scene more clearly, what a difference these changes made.

I’m calling this “The WordPress Community Project” for 2014!  Thank you for not giving up on me, now I’m happy and can move on to my next painting ~

2014 Red Candle - full version

2014 Red Candle – full version

2014 Red Candle - final close-up version

2014 Red Candle – final close-up version

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Red Candle – oil pastels, final versions


Oh my I’m really behind with everything today.  Here’s my excuse – went to the studio to spend maybe 20 minutes to work with the red candle painting, and before you know it three hours flew by (I mean, really?)!  Not that excited with the final outcome, but that’s what experiments are all about ~

Loved receiving your feedback on the first versions, they were helpful and had me think about viewer’s perspective.  A real good exercise.  Susan was right the piece needing a little green (added to the background wall); the painting looked a little lost with just a candle and table, so a candle snuffer was added and the table length was extended.  So the painting is completed, I think a landscape will win out for the Christmas card this year.

I’m getting very excited about a snow scene that’s on my easel   .   .   .  more on that tomorrow (no way will it be finished today).

This was fun though – thanks again!

Red Candle, #1

Red Candle, #1

Red Candle, #2

Red Candle, #2

Red Candle, #3

Red Candle, #3

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Red Candle, oil pastel – three versions


Today while waiting for a clear gesso application to dry on a hardboard surface being prepared for a winter painting, I started to play around painting a Red Candle still life (oil pastel 7×5) and have a question for you.

I’m not entirely sure that I like the painting well enough to send it out as a Christmas card, I’ll probably end up with about 10 (winter landscape) paintings to choose from, but I’m giving serious consideration to this painting – a nice surprise for a spur-of-the-moment painting.

I’m torn between which version of the painting, Red Candle, I like best and wanted your opinion.  I took three cropped photographs of the painting – if you wouldn’t mind telling me which one you think would make the better 7×5 holiday card.  I would really appreciate it.  I’m getting close to choosing one of these three versions, but I’d like to hear your thoughts, even if you think I shouldn’t consider any version of this still life and stick to using one of my winter landscapes – you won’t hurt my feelings.

Thank you in advance ~ you can click on the image to see a larger version of it.

Red Candle, version #1

Red Candle, version #1

Red Candle, version #2

Red Candle, version #2

Red Candle, version #3

Red Candle, version #3

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Winter Sunset, oil pastel


Today I tried my hand turning a summer scene into a winter sunset.

Winter Sunset, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  This was a fun little exercise, but was a bit of a mind twister trying to stay focused on the sky colors bringing them into the landscape and reflecting off the snow.  My second goal with the painting was to create an impressionist feel to the scene – the reference image was hard-edged buildings, crisp trees, road edging, and a more contemporary setting.

Today my imagination ruled.  Thanks for looking ~

winter sunsetThe original summer reference image was from Sasha of pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #4


I’m so bad, let me just confess right up front – I keep telling myself, start drawing in the late morning for good light.  Well you know what I did right?  End of the day and here I am trying to post the update in the dark.

Majesty of Grace, #4 (6.25 x 8.5) is a graphite pencil using Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today I used 2H, HB and 3B pencils, and a tortilum for spreading in tight places.  I thought I’d be done today but I do see several areas that need lower values, blend for a smoother appearance and make the sea-foam tails more believable – then I think the drawing will be finished.  Oh I know I have a tendency to fuss with a drawing, but in this case the sea is still talking to me, so don’t you know I’ll be listening.

I may try to paint one more snow scene tomorrow morning, but tomorrow marks our 27th wedding anniversary and well, my attention will be elsewhere.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Majesty of Grace, #4

Majesty of Grace, #4

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Trees on the Ridge, oil pastel


Today’s painting focuses on trees and boulders – great combination for the two studies done with this year.  Don’t you just love the majesty of mountain tops?  This one spoke to me  .   .   .

Trees on the Ridge, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream tinted mi-teintes pastel paper using mainly Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein oil pastels.  The cream-colored paper helped to keep a light and airy feel to the scene.  There is more back-lighting to the piece than what I was able to pick up with the camera, hopefully you can see some of the effect here.

Trees on the RidgeThe reference image was from Elle Hauser (a fantastic photographer and artist) from pmp.

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