How to Pastel 31/31 challenge. 1/2 way point.
Day 16, 17, 18, 19 of the How to Pastel challenge.
10 x10 pastel on panel
Open field #3
10x10 open field pastel on board.
10x10 open field pastel on board
These are the first 3 paintings in the How to Pastel daily painting challenge. I'm not sure what is happening with the camera but it seems to be picking up odd colors. They look much better in person.
The next two landscapes conclude the 5day experiment with color. The next 5 day plan is change in composition to the house on the hill series. These are all small 4x4 inch pieces.
Open field study 9x9inches pastel on paper.
Open field study 2 9x9inches pastel on paper.
I've been so busy lately. I just thought I would check in to test my downloads of pictures as they are not downloading in facebook. They work well here. So frustrating.
I have been busy with lesson plans and teaching a landscape course. I have a group show coming up and I need to finish up thing for that as well. I decided to get back to my small color sketches to get back in the swing of things by entering HowtoPastel 31 in 31. A pastel a day for the 31days of October. Yes, great...Now if I can control the frustrations of technology!!! (This is day 2/31). 4x4inch pastel on paper.
This is the first larger piece (20x20 inches), after racing through the many small color studies. I wasn't really happy with it so I set it aside. Unfortunately it didn't get much better after this.
Everything was just getting worse as the next one I felt the freshness of the small color studies are not being translated. The next picture is purely falling back into old habits. Stiff, over painted and going nowhere. The last was starting to fall into the same category, but I decided to stop before I just went to far. The next is up on the easel now. Hopefully I can bring some of the freshness of new color combos. The light is different in the mountains. I need to find a groove if I'm to paint more of these scenes. As I sit and contemplate this last picture I need to put some green in the water... it is too blue. Off I go.
I can not believe the summer is gone. Another disbelief is it has been almost a month since I've posted. Where oh where does the time go. The September rush is on. Fall cleanup and addition of new works. Preparation for a drawing class I've decided to teach this year. Please make the spinning stop!
This is a commission for a wedding this Summer. Storybook romance? Sounds true.
Some things go horribly wrong, while other days are glorious right. It is all in the mindset I'm guessing. As always. I should never sign the bad ones. But then again, I shouldn't post them either. But is shows a process and not all work is a masterpiece. Keep plodding through. It is the good ones in which give you motivation to continue with this exhaustive process.
This piece was a quick response to a posting of the worlds' ugliest color. It doesn't show here in digital, but the classical greenish umber was stated as the worlds ugliest color. Although not really saleable, it is needed in paintings. I thought I may try to beautify it a bit by doing a value study of sorts. Although not beautiful it does have kind of an unsettling quality to it. Sometimes it looks too real, as in a warm winters day in a southern Alberta landscape.