The theme for the 2013 Oil Pastel Society’s annual competition is ‘Journey;’ my 1st competition left me wondering how does one consider a theme. Realizing I gave too much time to interpreting what they would be looking for, I finally decided to paint three pieces that expressed my vision for Journey through a seascape, landscape and a building. I wanted each painting to be a personal challenge either by a new technique or subject that I hadn’t pursued before. Here is my first entry . . .
Twilight View was created using a reference image taken from a high point looking out to sea from the Hartland Peninsula in North Devon, England. Elaine Cross was the photographer, she’s incredibly talented from pmp. This scene touched my soul; the gorgeous subdued colors of twilight graced the sky and cascaded over the water. I knew that the vantage point of viewing this wonderful image from the peaks on the peninsula would be a perfect subject for Journey, as it speaks of contemplating new beginnings.
The oil pastel painting measures at 14×11 and was painted on a gessoed prepared hardboard. Twilight colors are softer and more quiet than a full sunset, because of that I wanted a darker under-tone to this piece, I experimented with a Black and White acrylic underpainting - it turned out to be a perfect choice and gave the painting the atmosphere that I was looking for. Burnt Sienna or Vandyke Red were considered, but I was concerned that the under-tone from these colors would have been too bright and would have produced a whole different feel to the piece. That was a new technique I tried, and the second area that I’ve not had a lot of experience painting was a view from a high vantage point.
Here is Twilight View,