Yes, I’ll bet you thought I was done with winter scenes. Well I couldn’t leave well enough alone, after receiving a couple of requests for more . . . besides there are so many winterscapes waiting to be done, why not?
So here is the first of several oil pastel (7×5) winter scenes that I’ll be painting, and boy was this one a real doozy to get involved in. First I used an artist canvas board as the surface, and while there is nothing wrong with that particular kind of surface – there’s a gesso on top that does not respond well to my slick Senneliers (like painting with wet lipstick). So this particular scene underwent two major re-works by scraping as much as the oil pastel off as I could. What would have been a beautiful bare Willow in the winter, there was no way I could get the wonderful long twigs painted – they became much too chopped do to the texture of the surface and slickness of the oil pastel.
So after the scrape down I had a thought last night – decided to paint a large bare oak instead, and slowly what I envisioned began to emerge. I love a challenge and this one was just that . . . here’s Silent Walk.
Was began was inspired by a reference image from Elena of pmp.