There are about 30 hardboards waiting for me to sand and gesso before I can paint on them. In the meantime I decided to try out a black tinted card stock paper that feels much drier than Mi-Teintes that I normally use for oil pastels – it soaked up the OPs.
This oil pastel (11 x 8.5) is a sunset taken from one of Oregon’s beaches. I was attracted to paint the scene because of the how the light from the sunset drenched cloud bank – served as a brilliant backdrop for the ocean setting. Used mostly Sennelier and Neopastel oil pastels, as they handled the drier surface better than Holbeins. I rarely paint scenes with sun rays because you can’t glaze the OPs over painted areas (unless it’s a dried underpainting) and when you spread the OPs for the rays it can create a bit of a muddy look. Today though was for the pure fun of painting this scene.
Hope all your sunsets bring you joy ~ welcome to the Oregon Coast.
Reference image was from Dorothy Jensen from pmp, a fantastic artist and photographer.