Saturday, July 03, 2010

Freshly tilled

Sunshine, a little heat, reality and some imagination came together to create this pastel.  The view was of a strip of freshly tilled soil on the side of the meadow that will grow vegetables.

I was originally planning an oil sketch of the meadow, but the black flies came out in numbers and drove me to the relatively bug-free zone of the gazebo with the screens in place.   I still had a few of the meadow, just not the one I planned.  I added some things, took away some things and tinkered with colours.  Where the red came from I don't know,  but i like it.

Its 9 x 12  on colourfix paper.


Robin Neudorfer said...

Beautiful pastel Jeanette. I love the addition of the red.
What paper do you enjoy using?

Jeanette said...

Thanks Robin. To be honest, I haven't used a lot of pastel or pastel papers, so I can't really give you an answer.

I like the sanded surface of colourfix as it allows more layers to build. I've also used mi-tientes but prefer the smooth side. However, that doesn't have much tooth to it for layers.

I need to order more papers to try. Any suggestions?

Billie Crain said...

I love your red trees! I think they make the painting. They look so life-like.

RHCarpenter said...

Your artistic eye said it needed red and that red really made the painting, taking it from a field to be planted to a field already harvested in the autumn.