Several weeks ago we went down to Ennis to see the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes, driving down some of the narrow trail roads to see the fields we came across one that could have been the subject for many of the French Impressionist painters ~ and who knew, in the middle of Texas!
A Field of Indian Paintbrushes, (14×11) is an oil pastel painting done on a gesso-prepared hardboard. The scene captured my attention immediately, as picturesque as one could imagine I knew this would be my first oil pastel painting after taking a long hiatus from the medium. I took several photographs of the area, each one a painting in itself. The field had mostly Indian Paintbrushes with a few Bluebonnets showing up here and there in the foreground.
The painting was started with a warm acrylic underpainting done in a combination of cadmium red light and yellow ochre for the sky and field, for the tree a bit of dioxazine purple was added. I was hoping that some of the colors would peek through under the oil pastel paints – I was not disappointed. It took a little while to get used to painting with color and oil pastels (the sticky wetness, for spreading, making marks, scratching and blending), but in no time it all started coming back. I may try my hand at this particular scene again without the underpainting for a different overall feel to the scene.
Thanks for checking in ~ was great painting with color again! Click onto the image for a larger view.
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