Summertime Dreams is my way of saying, okay already it’s time for summer! Bring on the warmer days that we have dreamed of during this long, cold winter – I heard it’s snowing in Chicago today I’m mean it’s May 16!
Summertime Dreams, an oil pastel (11×14), was painted on a prepared gesso hardboard using a combination of Senneliers, Holbeins and neopastels OPs. An acrylic underpainting was first used to set some of the tones I was looking for, especially in the river and river bank of grasses and flowers. Because the grit on the hardboard is from the gesso it doesn’t lend itself to razor scraping, so tortiliums, clay shapers and sometimes my fingers were used for spreading and blending the oil pastels – oh my, you should have seen my hands by the time I was done with this piece! A reference photograph by Steve Lyddon, an awesome artist and photographer with pmp was used for inspiration.
Have an awesome weekend – we had a large tree branch crack on one of our old Oak trees, so you know where I’ll be, that and tending the flowers! Thanks for stopping by . . .