Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Still working in pastel

I keep being drawn to working in pastel. It's such fun! The flowers may not be done because my painting and critique group thought I should have more defined stems. I'm still thinking on that. Thoughts?

I once lived with the view that's the landscape. I've been scanning old slides and found the reference photo there. It's 14" x 20" and I started with an underpainting of orange under the lower part and light blue under the sky. I deliberately painted it with saturated colors, my favorites, and if you click on the photo here to see the larger view you'll see how saturated the colors really are. I thought it would take a long time to paint, but it went very quickly. Critiques, please!


jeannette stgermain said...

The stems of the flowers - I kind of like them "floating" because it fits with the sweeping way you paint in this pastel. But then I like the unfinished look in my own paintings.
The landscape - ooh the orange and the green are gorgeous!!! If you like to, you could extend the lead-in bush on the right a little more (towards the foreground, but is not essential)

Helen T. said...

At last, after a month of waiting to see what you have been painting, I had to catch my breath seeing not one but 3 art pieces so beautifully done. The autumn landscape which I saw develop in class is dynamic with it's firey oranges and yellows. I can see why you didn't want to put more yellows in the leaves of the trees; that would have made your eye go off the painting and I wanted to focus on the excitement of the center. Helen

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Jane...all of these are wonderful pastels! I think all of these make fun of the term "pastels" (the adjective as opposed to the noun!) with your super saturated colors. Wow! I love the exciting motion, especially in the flowers background. If you strengthen those stems they won't look like they are arising from all of that motion, so I would think you were right to leave them as is. Wow, these are gorgeous!