It’s my 40th high school reunion (can’t believe it, seems like we graduated only yesterday – too bad I won’t be able to join the celebration today). In spirit of that special time and where we grew up, I’ve painted a scene that they can all relate too ~ we grew up around cherry and apple orchards, and the area still holds an annual apple blossom festival.
Orchard Path, an oil pastel (11×14) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery brand OPs. An acrylic underpainting was done in light-to-medium grayish-green tones for the background allowing the white blossoms to hold their own in the scene. A painters knife was used to work up grass textures in the foreground.
It’s been months since I painted a landscape, so it took some getting used to manipulating the oil pastels a bit differently than what is be done for a seascape or flowers. But in any event this was a good scene to get back into the swing of things.
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