This painting was started last weekend, but a few things interrupted my concentration and I had to set it aside for a bit.
Floating, an oil pastel (14×11) is painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using a variety of oil pastel brands, mostly Holbeins and Neopastels using my fingers and foam insulation to spread the paint.
A soft pastel underpainting washed with alcohol was done to give me a sense for depth and tones before I started to apply the OPs. A recent post discussed three alternatives for underpainting colors (Analogous, Complementary and Monochromatic) https://oilpastelsbymary.com/2014/08/13/three-studies-of-underpainting-color-choices/. For the final painting I choose to use Analogous colors, mainly because 2/3rds of the painting is sky and clouds and I wanted to keep the UPs colors similar to final family of colors used and not take away from the deep blues in the sky.
While the scene has changed somewhat it was inspired by a farm scene taken by Petra Moll of pmp (a site where photographers and painters join forces all in the name of creating art).
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