Staying with the Poplar species, I decided to do a quick landscape with a line of Poplar trees running through the middle of the scene for Day 2. This is an oil pastel on Strathmore pastel paper (5×7).
These exercises are already serving the purpose I wanted, helping me to analyze tree form, supporting structure of branches, and capturing colors of a landscape. With OPs it’s a challenge because the medium is wet and sticky so you really need to know color blends before you begin painting, or you run the risk of ruining the painting right from the start.
I know that this was a quick landscape, but several things are not making the grade. If I’m honest with the challenge, you’ll see the good and bad – hope you don’t mind.
- You’ll notice the Poplar trees are in the middle ground, but I didn’t accomplish a true middle ground for several reasons: while structure of the trees is good, size of the trees are too large – notice the tree tops go beyond the top of the painting surface. In addition they are too green, need some blue and grays to knock them back into the painting. These two factors bring the trees more forward for a middle ground.
- The background landmass has too much green, blue/green and grays as the base color would have been more appropriate if keeping with a proper aerial perspective.
- I don’t like the foreground working vegetable field, it doesn’t work. I’m thinking an all grass field would have fit the scene better.
Doing a quick thumbnail sketch before painting this piece would have revealed a lot of the above issues. So why didn’t I just go back and change the above aspects after the fact. Because the main purpose was to paint a quick study, going back and making major changes turns this into a serious painting. Instead the assessment made here will aid me in future landscapes.
This is becoming a great exercise for future paintings, thanks for checking in.