Thursday, September 23, 2010

More fall colors in pastel

Just finished, and another based on a photo taken on our hike 2 days ago.  This looks to the north, as the trail crosses an open meadow in the valley.  A still-green stand of cottonwoods on the left lead to Coal Bank Hill and Potato Mtn. to the right - a cloud-cast shadow on its lower slope.  A stand of yellow aspen defines the northern boundary of this attractive meadow, which still has a surprising number of wildflowers.

Along purgatory flats
7.5 x 11 inches
320# sandpaper on matboard

It's always nice to return to sanded papers after working on a low-textured paper like Strathmore.  This piece was done almost entirely with Nupastels, with my favorite dark green Sennelier and some others for the sky.  No finger blending at all here; just layering and scumbling.  

A few more photos from that same hike:

"Late arrivals"
An unknown species of butterfly feeds on a late-season daisy in the meadow

"Not all is golden"
This backlit sumac (I think) branch shows off its brilliant orange leaves against the forest of aspen


  1. very impressive blog...your pastels paintings and the studies of sceneries are very inspiring!

  2. Mr Anand - thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am constantly inspired by the work of other artists, so it's wonderful to know that you've found my work inspiring!


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