Yesterday, I was going through works that may go into shows and came across a fall scene. It had been done on sanded paper. Which anyone that knows me or takes my workshops knows I am not a fan of sanded paper. The colors seemed dull, as if they had faded. I picked up some of my softer bright pastels and went to work. I pushed my comfort level in color, making it vibrant. I generally don't do vibrant colors. Once the colors looked good, I needed to bump up the contrast, going back into the dark's and finishing with the light hitting the bark of the trees. I pretty much re-did this little pastel painting. I look at the first layer as the under-painting.
The image "Autumn Lights" is of trees that were in my backyard when I lived in Maryland. I have done a similar painting or two of these trees. The picture I took was developed in film, not digital and it was one of those fall days when the light was clear and intense. It is a good memory. Changes come and changes go, this pastel painting changed from soft and mellow to something that is bright with light.
|Day 29 "Autumn Lights" pastel on sanded paper|