January, 2012

Red Barn

When I was a little girl, I grew up in the country outskirts of Roseburg, Oregon.  Nearby our house were several fields just being left fallow,  filled with bushes and wild grass and perfect places to play with our dog.  Up a slight slope in the nearest field was an abandoned barn and climbing it’s ladders and using my imagination to think up stories wasn’t a bad way to spend time.   This barn is actually painted from a photo taken on one of my husband and my cross-country trips.   It doesn’t really look like the childhood barn, but close enough.

It was completed on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper (8/1/4 X 11 3/4) using my usual mixture of Unison, Ludwig, Sennelier and Rembrandt.

I have to say that I’m not really excited about my results on the Fabriano paper and would love to see comments from anyone else that uses it.

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Almost Daily Sketches

Sorry the picture is so light……gotta fix that!

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Pastel Pond

I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately and will post them soon, however the pastel bug bit me good this week.  I started this Tuesday and I “think” I finished it tonight, however living with it for a day or two may induce me to make some changes as I’m not thoroughly happy with it.  We’ll see….I go back and make changes to paintings all the time.     This is an 8″ X 12″ on  Canson paper using mostly Unisons and Ludwig pastels.

Below are a couple of shots showing my usual way of working.  First, very loosely drawing in area with a pastel pencil and then with landscapes working mostly from top to bottom.  Then I go  back and start changing, adding or subtracting items and color.   I was aiming for a very loose image which I think this qualifies.  In fact, I’m thinking I may go in and sharpen some detail.

Enjoy and please comment if you wish!

In start with the sky in landscapes as it is the source of light and all else follows.

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