|"A Walk by the River" Final - Pastel - 9x12 - October 2014 |
Vogel State Park
Day 4 - 25 Paintings Challenge - Today I reworked "A Walk by the River". I loved this scene at Vogel State Park. So quiet and peaceful. At first I ended up with a darker painting with dark tree trunks and a hard shore line, not enough sky. Karen Margulis did a blog yesterday on creating lyrical trees. The technique of going lighter on trunk and using the sharp edge and letting the pastel lightly touch the paper. I reworked several things and it definitely helped this painting but I ended up with to much pastel on the painting and some of the corrections were difficult to achieve. The good thing is I learned some more things. Funny things that you already know but seem to forget when the pastel gets in your hand.
Lesson for the Day - Less is always more. I put entirely to much pastel and hard strokes in a painting. It really makes it difficult to rework sections of the painting. I need to focus more on the right choices of color pallete before!!! I start. I used the pastels I had handy and never got the right color for water and sky. I did a thumbnail sketch before I did the painting. Unfortunately when I finished the first draft and was not happy with it, I noticed that I had gotten away from the shapes and lights and darks of my thumbnail. I need to depend on the thumbnail sketch until the bitter end - then check out the reference photo for the final icing on the painting. I have a busy day ahead and am giving myself permission to call it a day. So far 4 days and 3 painting. Definitely on the right track. I'm thinking of joining the local Camera Club. A good chance to get in field trips for photos that I might not explore on my own.