Imagine a summer afternoon so hot you had to soak yourself in the shallow stream in the woods to cool down after your day on the trail, cool water flowing around you, holding your place in the current, and watching the sun drop toward the horizon through the trees. What a great way to spend a summer day.
About the painting
This photo was from an August visit to the Panhandle Trail when I decided to cool off before I went home in the evening with a little swim in Robinson Run. It’s not deep enough to swim in that spot, but deep enough to submerge in the water cooled by its shaded route to this spot. The sun shone through the woods as if it was following me and could still see me even through the trees. As I held my spot in the current I studied the scene before me. Within all the shades of green and blue and yellow were other tones of red and violet and gold.
I took several photos, difficult to capture because of the contrast of the brilliant sun through the trees and the dark woods all around, so I used several settings to capture more and more light, trying to hold as much detail as I could. I have one photo that is a favorite because of the colorful sunflares I captured, and in the past five years it was those sunflares that helped me remember all the complimentary colors I saw in the woods and the water.
But how best to capture that feeling of fluttering leaves, rippling flowing water and fleeting evening light? I use pastel most often because I visualize best in the areas that pastel has superior quality over other media: blending, whether one color over the paper, or multiple colors together, partially or completely, and even being able to draw on top of that area creating multiple layers. Sometimes I get a lot of pastel on the paper and act like it’s finger painting time, or I use my whole hand to move and blend pastel.
But for this painting I wanted no blending at all. I wanted that feeling of fragmented light on the leaves and water, brilliant, hard highlights and all the details even in the shadows. I’d been studying other artists’ use of pure pastel on paper with no drawing or blending but gentle to vigorous taps and swashes of soft pastels on the paper. I knew this took an artist’s sort of courage, not building a color or a shape over time, but just aiming your hand and pastel so that it made exactly the right shape and intensity of color on the paper, in just the right place.
I painted this in February 2018 during the painting challenge that month, a time when I catch up with paintings I’ve been wanting to do and encourage myself to experiment. I also tried a new-to-me pastel paper for this one, Clairfontaine Pastelmat Card, and I absolutely love the surface, but I had no idea it would be absolutely perfect for this technique. It was all meant to be.
I have grown to love this painting so much, and I chose it as my featured artwork for my fifth annual Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail exhibit.
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Summer Sunset, Robinson Run, Pastel, 12 x 18, 2018. The framed original is still available. Digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.
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This is my painting from Day 21. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.
See more paintings in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Painting Challenge, February 2018.
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The giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames.
I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.
Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original. Digital prints are only available up to 11″ x 17″ and some of the prints are cropped to fit standard mat and frame sizes.
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