A few weeks ago, when the weather was sunny I took the easel outside in the Autumn warmth. I like to have several paintings on the go, of varying sizes. It gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction as one completes and another begins. I particularly enjoy working on a square format.
All three landscapes are now finished and many learnings during the process. Have started thinking about this weeks studies and will post as I go. I am allowing myself short bursts of activity before and after work duties, just as I did prior to lockdown, keeps me focused and grounded – thank goodness for art in my life!
The three landscape studies above were started after making small black and white studies (size of matchbox)j from several photo’s. All very much experimental and not necessarily looking for finished pieces. Never-the-less this first completed piece ‘Road to Patuha – II’ seems to have found it’s focus.
The first work, far left on my drawing board was posted earlier this week – the completed image below. Link takes you to my FB page Road to Patuha – the making.
Recently made this short video of my pastel painting process and thought it may be of interest to some. The link below takes you to my FB page and the short video. The making of ‘Road to Patuha’
This pastel study uses both wet and dry pastel blending. My aim was to produce a quietly toned piece that echoes the calmness I find in the landscape of the ranges. In such changing times the ability to look towards such beauty, in all it’s strength and solidness, is both reassuring and grounding – I consider myself fortunate.
There are times when I enter the studio with one focus; to choose the brightest colour paint or pastel and producing something bright and gestural. The energy from using bright colours is almost tangible. I come away feeling alive, my mood lifted and my confidence boosted. I found this link The Benefits of Painting and believe it is worth a read. Although not solely referring to colour it does describe the benefits of creativity.
This small (7″ sq) pastel piece has been painted on primed textured board. You will find it listed for sale on the website, just follow the link.
This tiny pastel painting (2.5″ x 3.5″) on textured matt board was inspired by my morning drive to work. I have used both soft pastels and pastel pencils on this study. Below is the grey scale photo which helps me gauge the tonal range within the composition. Also below is the black and white sketch I made from the original photo.