Have you ever seen a forest where you can see through the trees a sunlit portion? For me, I’ve always wondered how can one small area be so beautiful. Where the sun shines so bright the strong rays highlight the tree branches and their tips and all else behind and around that area are shrouded in shade – now that would be a cool scene to try and capture with oil pastels.
Sunlit Forest, is an oil pastel (10×8) painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard using Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastel brands. The tools used to spread the pastels were my fingers, clay shapers, a painters knife and a razor. I started with an underpainting of ultramarine and white acrylic paints – love doing value study underpaintings. I rarely paint sun-streaked forests, mainly because the subject seems a bit complicated for OPs whereas smearing the pastel to create the illusion of sun streaks can quickly turn to mud, but when I saw this scene I wanted to give it a try. So I went for it ~
Summer is quickly closing out, best wishes for a wonderful weekend. Click onto the image for a larger view.
A lot of liberty was taken with the reference image, taken by Thomas Habemann, an incredible watercolorist from pmp.
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