For a long time I’ve been attracted to unique atmospheres that photographers and painters capture when they work with marshes, wetlands and moors. These special places are mysterious, sometimes quiet, can be dark, at times brimming with nature’s life, and best of all are totally captivating with gorgeous colors brought on by the sun, moon or seasons of the year. It’s a dream setting for an artist.
As a relatively new artist I’m always on the lookout for such a scene to paint using oil pastels (OPs). As luck would have it Steve Lyddon, a fantastic photographer of pmp, provided such a reference image. His photo is one of those scenes that I can see three or four paintings being generated from this one image.
For now, here is my first scene capturing a moor with its morning mist being burned off by a rising morning sun. The painting offered lots of fun and challenges – everything I had hoped for.