Last week I posted Forest Sounds https://oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/12/04/forest-sounds-study-oil-pastel/ as a study, after some thought on the composition, colors and values I went back to the scene and painted it again.
Today’s version shows a darker forest to illustrate one of those winter days that is cold and dark. Interesting, right? In Maine there are more overcast days, especially in the winter, than sunny days – it was very cold and lots of ice (at least by the coast)! For this oil pastel (7×5) I used Mi-Teintes black pastel paper which was perfect for creating the kind of atmosphere I was envisioning.
Thank you to John Robinson, a wonderful photographer in the UK and member of pmp, for a wonderful reference image that became the inspiration for this painting.