Evening Smoke, oil pastel


Here is a night-time snow scene, again using mainly colors in the blue family.

Evening Smoke, an oil pastel (5×9), was painted on light gray tinted mi-teintes pastel paper.  The reference image for this scene was facing the opposite direction and was a gray late afternoon.  My vision for the piece was to turn it into a night-time scene using blues and with the hills starting at the top-left slanting down to the bottom-right.  A long time ago I read that a composition with hills will read better for the viewer if the top of a hillside starts on the left-side of a painting with the slope coming down to the right – it’s a more comfortable position for the viewer (as when reading a page from left to right).  Only ones opinion, but seems to work in my mind.

Anyways, another experiment for color schemes, blues used:  prussian, ultramarine, sapphire, cerulean and blue sky.

Have a wonderful weekend ~

Evening SmokeReference image from Wetcanvas library.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

 

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #3


I had to give up on working any further on Majesty of Grace – with every minute it got darker and darker out.  So next week I’ll set aside time in the morning to finish the drawing up, there is a lot of refining to do.

Majesty of Grace (6×9) is drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, using graphite pencils (4H, 2H, HB, and 3B) and blending with a stump and tortilium.  Sorry the photograph isn’t more clear, it was much too dark to take a picture but didn’t want to miss my Thursday drawing obligation.

Thanks for checking in  .  .  .  click onto the image for a larger view.

Majesty of Grace, #3

Majesty of Grace, #3

Posted in Drawings, Thursday Drawings | 23 Comments

Snow Colors Sample 2014, #1


Here is my first snow colors study for 2014.  It takes me some practice to reprogram my mind to think about the color of snow used for shadows and sun light – it’s all a mind game I suppose, but it does take a bit to switch from landscapes to snow scenes and identifying those elements of values particular to snow.

This oil pastel (4×6) is my first sample of snow for 2014 – a little painting to get me going, This scene was great for it’s a close-up of a snow gully with deep pockets, a bit of water resting in the middle and several small trees for interest, all nice characteristics for a snow scene.

Click onto image for a larger view.

Snow Sample 2014, #1

Snow Sample 2014, #1

A reference image from Tellervo Helminen, photographer of pmp was used.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , , | 37 Comments

Mist at the Reservoir, oil pastel


Today’s painting concentrates on rising mist, always fun to see if the oil pastels will produce the effect I was looking for.

Mist at the Reservoir (8×10), is an oil pastel painted on blue-tinted heavy card stock using mainly Senneliers and Neopastels – both brands are very soft and the Senneliers are buttery for easy spreading.

Thanks for stopping by .  .  .  time to begin selecting several snow scenes to paint for our annual Christmas card.

Mist at the ReservoirA reference image used was from my friend John Robinson, a wonderful photographer from pmp.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

 

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , , , | 46 Comments

Orchard Blossoms, oil pastel


I grew up around apple and cherry orchards, most summers you could find me out there picking the fruit for a summer job.  Nice way to earn extra money, but oh it was exhausting and dirty (from the sprays and cherry juice) work, I loved it.  The stories I could tell!  Where I lived in the Spring all you could see were these beautiful white and pink orchards – really was breathtaking.  I think they would make for a great subject and may do a new series (to be painted over time) of orchards.

Orchard Blossoms (8×10), an oil pastel painting, was painted using a gesso-prepared hardboard.  It’s the first time that I’ve painted tiny blossoms on a tree, a first for everything, but the subject appeals to me considering I grew up with them. These trees are so interesting, gnarly and gorgeous in the Spring – cherry trees have white blossoms and apples are pink.  If you notice this painting has both cherry trees (left-side) and apple trees (right-side).

Hope you enjoy a little of my childhood pastime  .   .   .  click onto image for a larger view.

Orchard Blossoms

My friend Irini Adler, artist and photographer from pmp provided this reference image. 

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

I

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , , , , | 65 Comments

Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #2


Pressed for time today, but was able to find an opportunity to continue my work on Majesty of Grace.  Actually earlier in the week I spent two days trying to figure out how to get a print of one of my paintings without it getting cropped – another learning opportunity (aspect ratio 4:3 vs 3:2).

Majesty of Grace (8.5 x 6.5″) a graphite drawing, is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Most of the time drawing today was spent on developing the foreground water and sea-foam, as well as the beginning markings of various spurts of spray.  Values and white space will be key to how this develops, hoping I can keep it clean.

Majesty of Grace, #2

Majesty of Grace, #2

A storm has popped up and influenced the light for taking this photograph, but I think you have a good idea of how it’s developing.

I’m also working on a painting called, Orchard Blossom that will probably be finished tomorrow.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in Drawings, Thursday Drawings | 45 Comments

Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel


Didn’t think I’d get a pumpkin done for this year – but .   .   .

Pumpkin 2014, oil pastel (6×6) on black mi-teintes pastel paper.  Took many layers of the OPs to cover the black paper, but glad I went with black to give the pumpkin find in the patch a little mystery to it.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin 2014

Pumpkin 2014

Reference image from Nicola B a great photographer and artist from pmp.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in About Oil Pastels, OPs New Paintings | Tagged , , | 86 Comments

Thursdays Drawing – Majesty of Grace, #1


A new drawing project revealed!

Majesty of Grace (6×8), is a graphite drawing on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The challenge of this drawing will be to showcase the enormous patterns of spray that will be highlighted by the sun.  The darks in the drawing have been pretty much completed by using 2B, 4B and 8B graphite (because of it’s reflective qualities).

This next week the foreground water and sea-foam will be worked on, giving me plenty of time to think about how to tackle the bright strands of spray and puffs of water vapor covering three-quarters of the scene.

An exciting piece   .   .   .   thanks for coming along for the journey!

Majesty of Grace, #1

Majesty of Grace, #1

 

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in Drawings, Thursday Drawings | 26 Comments

Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies


Here is the collection of all 15 oil pastel paintings for the rocks and boulders studies.  It was a good challenge, with a wide-range of subjects allowing me to learn about their shapes, forms, textures and values.

Thanks for following along ~click onto image for a larger size.

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 1 thru Study 5

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 6 thru Study 10

Study 11 thru Study  15

Study 11 thru Study 15

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in Challenges: Subject Matter Studies, OPs New Paintings, Rocks/Boulders | 50 Comments

Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15


Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it.

The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Neopastels and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Tools included clay shapers and painting knives, many layers of paint was applied in this painting.

I selected the mountain range called, Napes Needle, because I haven’t painted a mountain range before and thought the sharp dark edges of the mountain range against  of a snowy mountain range would make for an interesting contrast and give the scene some depth.

Thank you all for following along with this study – it was challenging, exasperating, exciting and thrilling.  I think that 15 studies are a good amount to base on any particular subject.  Hmmmmmm, wonder what the next will be  .   .   .

Click onto image to see a full size.

The Range, #15

The Range, #15

Reference image was from Gary Jones, a very talented photographer with pmp.

MY ART IS COPYRIGHTED.
PLEASE DON’T COPY OR USE MY IMAGE WITHOUT RECEIVING MY PERMISSION FIRST – SEE DISCLOSURE ON THE RIGHT PANEL.

Posted in Challenges: Subject Matter Studies, OPs New Paintings, Rocks/Boulders | Tagged , , , , , | 42 Comments