The Passage is my third submission into the 2013 Annual Oil Pastel Society competition. The scene is located in Scotland.
The following is a wonderful description of the area from Wikipedia, “Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands—and the name of a famous twisting, single-track mountain road through the pass and mountains.
“The road is one of few in the Scottish Highlands that is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland.
The beauty of this place was an immediate attraction for me, as well as the distant views. I knew I would be challenged to properly represent the perspective of distance and steepness of the hillsides – I was thrilled to work on such a piece. The painting (14×11) has a black and white acrylic underpainting that provided a good guide for laying down values.
The reference image was from photographer, Rosemary Marsh of pmp.