The list keeps growing with so many great winter scenes to paint, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few more for the rest of 2014 before going back to painting still life’s and flowers.
First up is Fresh Snow, an oil pastel (7×5), that’s painted on Strathmore Pastel Paper (light gray tinted). This isn’t my favorite paper to paint on because I have to put up a good fight to get decent coverage and a nice blend, but I can’t let a hefty supply go to waste and thought the light gray would help to achieve the look I was after (gray skies, with the sun trying to peek out). Oil pastel brands used were Senneliers, holbeins and neopastels and for tools a razor, painters knife and clay shapers.
While I used a reference image, it was changed a bit from the original that had a gray heavy atmosphere, to one where the sun is trying to come out after a snowfall thus giving the piece a lighter feel overall. Please click onto the image for a larger view.
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