My latest painting, Dawn at Wester Ross, is a special place in Scotland that seems to keep calling me, because last September I painted “The Passage” http://www.oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/09/23/the-passage-oil-pastel/, Wikipedia described “Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands—and the name of a famous twisting, single-track mountain road through the pass and mountains.” This time I painted mountains in the same region as the sun rose drenching the landscape with golden tones.
Dawn at Wester Ross is an oil pastel (11×14) painted on gesso prepared hardboard. I apply clear gesso for tooth – either with a brush for texture or a sponge roller for barely visible texture, but still providing good tooth. I wanted to texture the foreground grasses and create a hazy atmosphere for the back mountains, so applying clear gesso with the brush worked perfectly. The brands of oil pastels used were Holbeins, Mungyo-Gallery and Sennelier.
Wester Ross is a special place that continues to fascinate many who travel its pathways and beautiful landscape. Hope you enjoy a view of an early morning in Scotland, Dawn at Wester Ross.
Reference image used was taken by Paul Ackmaley a photographer with pmp.