Friday, July 18, 2014

"John Day Reflections" an original pastel painting.

"John Day Reflections", pastel on board, 11x14
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Like the previous painting, this was done more quickly than usual for me.  I am really enjoying it - it forces me to relax and stop thinking about the details too much.  This painting started with a color study and some reference photos, taken while we were on vacation on the John Day River, near the town of Spray, in Eastern Oregon.  It is such a gorgeous area - we will definitely be back!  Even though I was painting like a whirlwind, I did stop to take a couple of progress photos!  :)

First a quick sketch...

Then a blocking in of the underpainting, which I blended thoroughly with my hands....

And a few details....  not too many!  :)

Thanks for looking!  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Evening Glow ~ an original pastel painting

"Evening Glow",  pastel on board, 11x14
Other paintings available through Etsy

A few nights ago, we had the most beautiful evening...  it was the perfect temperature, with a light breeze.  The birds were singing, and the light was wonderful.  I ran outside and did this painting of my backyard in one sitting - which is very unusual for me!  It was so much fun, and a great exercise in loosening up!  

Thanks for looking!   :)