It’s time for another painting challenge, and I’m ready. My recent trip to Savannah and to see the eclipse inspired a lot of paintings, as have my daily photos and even putting my recent Panhandle Trail exhibit together. In November I’ll have another exhibit of paintings of Carnegie. I have portraits to finish. Time to get the studio time back. I don’t think I’ll do a painting every day, but every other day, as I did in January, would be great.
This was painted from a photo I took in the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. If you are familiar with my paintings you’ll know I love road paintings, and a simple long dirt road through a wildlife refuge is totally entrancing for me along with all those textures and shades of green things all around, and it’s so FLAT. I’m from Western Pennsylvania where things need to be made flat. I took this photo because the road curved through a small stand of live oaks, and you can see the shadows of the trees under the arch along with the light at the end. The simple shapes of the grass, reeds, brush and trees in the distance under that big blue sky graced with clouds that looked too tired under the sun was one image I knew I’d paint.
I used various soft and hard pastels on a self-prepared board. You can see a vertical texture and I tried to both use that and mask it. The panel was an Ampersand pastel panel on which I’d done an illustration that was changed so many times that there was no surface tooth left. I pulled all the pastel off it, sanded it, and brushed it with two coats Golden translucent pastel ground, all brush strokes in one direction. I think it worked out okay.
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