Sometimes there are no words, nor man-made colors that can adequately describe mother natures brilliant kiss of color in the sky and over water when she gives us one of her delicious sunrise spectacles . . .
Magical Sunrise, an oil pastel (8×8) was painted on an artist canvas board. This piece was started with an all purple underpainting in gouache and then two coats of clear gesso for a good amount of tooth allowing the OPs something to grab onto. Purple was used to get a deep, rich base of color started. Oil Pastel brands for this painting were Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery. No blacks or whites were used in this painting, because I wanted all the colors to be as pure to the pigment as possible, except where blended. What looks like white is actually Holbeins Hansa Yellow.
So here is where I ran into trouble – 95% done and guess what. The board was cut wrong by the manufacturer, by about 1/8″ on the bottom left-hand side – so this threw off the entire horizon line. I accommodated the problem as best as I could so late in the game. Can you believe this? So what to do? First, let the manufacturer know and second, measure the surface (no matter what it is) before I start painting ~
I’m going to let the painting setup and go back at a later date to straighten out the horizon line a bit more. Click onto the image for a larger view ~
Based on a reference image from Janina Suuronen, who is an awesome photographer and artist from pmp.
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