I’ve waited over a year to paint this scene – the early evening colors of winter at the farm in its natural surrounding really attracted me. This painting may well be a contender for our Christmas card.
Winter Quiet, an oil pastel (8×10) is painted on a gesso-prepared hard board, using Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery brand oil pastels – both soft in application, but not so that they fill up the surface tooth too quickly. The painting started with an acrylic underpainting (ultramarine, payne’s gray and white) to establish values. My fingers, clay shapers and a painters knife were used to spread and blend the oil pastels. A lot of negative painting and scraping took place to develop the cloud structures.
Hope our friends in Buffalo, NY can withstand the next round of snow about to hit them – 8′ of snow is nearly impossible to shovel. Snow can be really beautiful, but too much of a good thing, well . . .
The reference image was taken by my friend Elena’s (an incredible artist at PMP) Mother. The photograph was taken one evening in Germany when she was out exploring the countryside, she happened to come upon grazing sheep.
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