One day I saw a spectacular photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler, whose blog Exploratorius provides us with amazing images taken through his lens. This day Mitch posted a most gorgeous scene he shot on his commute to work http://exploratorius.us/2013/10/18/slice-of-light/. Could you imagine passing by natures best each day? I asked Mitch if I could use his photograph as a reference for a landscape painting, he graciously said yes. Thank you Mitch I truly enjoyed painting this scene.
As my first landscape of the season, here is my interpretation of his awesome shot. This oil pastel (14×11) was painted on a gessoed prepared hardboard with a medium flat gray acrylic underpainting, which provided a beautiful grayish hue undertone to the painting. We have finally experienced warmer temperatures, and that made for very slippery oil pastels – I felt like I was learning to paint all over again. There are little specs of bright orange highlights in the tall grasses, but unfortunately I couldn’t capture them with my camera after an hour of trying I gave up (it’s Thursday and I need to start drawing)!
I hope you enjoy the painting, it was a wonderful change of pace for me. BTW, Mitch who lives in around the DC area has provided us with some gorgeous cherry blossom photographs, they are just peaking – check it out!