After my recent paintings, that required a lot of drawing and concentration, I decided yesterday to do something that might be a little freer in nature. I had been wanting to paint this scene from a bog in Marion, MA taken last Oct. I liked the composition and the placement of the light. I had a 12 x 16 mounted UART board and decided that I would begin directly by applying blocks of hard pastel–no drawing. It worked fairly well, but I can’t say that I was terribly pleased with the underpainting. In retrospect, perhaps one brown pastel applied with more or less pressure might have worked nicely. But, it didn’t matter too much as I covered most of it up.
I used a combination of soft pastels and Giraults to lay in the sky and trees in the upper part of the painting. I tried to keep the strokes fresh and not overdone, particularly with the pine in the upper left corner. Then a variety of cool and warm greens for the foliage and grassy roadway at the bottom. For the sandy soil area of the path, I used a combination of grayed green, grayed red and blue violet. Then used a very light pinkish Schmincke for the pieces of light. The color was just right–light but not as warm as the yellow above.
The grasses on the left had a lot more light on them in the photo, but this could have been a distraction with the main area of light in the upper right, so I kept them a little muted.
This is not an award-winning painting! But it was fun to do something a little more spontaneous and I may give this more effort. I’m struggling a bit at present to find subject matter to paint. This winter has been cold, wet, and gray and totally uninspiring! Sometimes I look at the amazing detail in many award-winning paintings and think I could be happy trying to achieve that. But I know that I don’t really want to go that route. I call myself a “painterly realist” –not a photo realist — and I want to keep that in mind.
Anybody else having issues with subject matter or style?