This oil pastel started out as a study on a scrap of Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper (7.25 x 4.75, odd size) for colors because I intended the actual painting to be a larger piece (11×14). The scene went through multiple variations with maybe seven layers of OPs and about four scrape downs (various intensities and directions of a razor to build grass textures).
The background of the scene was to be drenched in fog, but as usual the painting had ideas of its own and started leading the way with brighter colors and a lost horizon. What are you going to do, so I went along for the ride and Lost Path came to life.
I’m not sure how I’ll treat this piece, study or finished, the size is odd enough for sure but the bones of the piece good enough that it could stand on its own as a larger painting.
A reference image from Viacheslav, an incredible photographer from pmp in Russia, was used as inspiration for the painting.