Painting in themes

December 10, 2013

I am ready for a new pastel painting theme, having had a great time with painting marshes and trees throughout the summer and fall. Since we are in between seasons here in New England, I went to my reference files for inspiration. Was attracted to some barns, sheds and shacks in my “buildings” file, thought this would be the dawn of a new group of paintings, but just could not make it happen.

I had some marsh reference photos taken in late afternoon on a beautiful September day.  They spoke to me. After adjusting the composition, I did a light pencil sketch on Wallis paper (12” x 12”).  The actual colors in the photo are predominantly GREEN, so I had to be creative.  I chose very warm bright tones for the oil wash under painting as you can see. (For more on pastel underpaintings, check out the master of underpainting, Richard McKinley.) http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/pastel-techniques-the-dry-underpainting.

At the end of this painting session, I am still working out details. Recently I have been painting the sky with warmth …. I go through phases. It is all about experimentation and discovery. Painting in themes supports discovery.

Reference Photo

Reference Photo

Underpainting

Underpainting

September Light

September Light