This painting is my second entry into the 2013 Annual Oil Pastel Society Competition. I wanted a subject that would challenge me, as I haven’t painted inside an old structured before – so this fit with my goal perfectly. Nothing like learning something at the last-minute, but in the end it worked.
The reference image, used with permission from Steve Lyddon (photographer w/pmp), was a photograph of the inside of the St. Michaels Tower at Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England. A lot of history comes with this magnificent structure (b. in 1325) and to my surprise, much of it wasn’t good – perhaps the walls should have been painted blood-red.
The oil pastel, is 10×8 painted on a prepared gesso hardboard. I wanted to maintain a dark atmosphere inside the structure and a black and white acrylic underpainting worked out very well.
Stone floors, walls and benches were new subjects for me to paint, so I took about 5 or 6 hours to practice building the stones mostly with tortiliums (paper stump) because I wanted a rough/textured appearance and many layers of color were laid down. It was a very interesting process that helped me get comfortable before I actually applied OP paint on the surface. Painting stones gave me just the challenge I was looking for . . .