Saturday, October 9, 2010

Aspen on Black

Two more from this informal series of aspen fall colors.

Aspen #3
12x9 inches
pastel on w/c paper toned with black acrylic

At a pull-out along Hwy 550 near Molas Pass, this looks up.  A spruce-covered mountain in the distance anchors the perspective.  I actually re-worked this a bit today, after taking the photo of it yesterday.  Awkward shapes and colors stand out more in photos.  

Aspen #4
12x9 inches
pastel on w/c paper toned with black acrylic

I was drawn to the gradation of bright yellow to pale to dark greens in this stand lit by late afternoon sun.  Small patches of orange from a few non-conformist trees add some variety.  I see I forgot to scumble the sky colors a bit better.  One thing about this home-made surface:  it doesn't have lots of tooth, and doesn't take kindly to attempts to create fine lines (like tree trunks).  

And, finally, what prompted me to work on dark paper and re-think my approach to painting this aspen series, specifically the term "overworked":

18x12 inches 
pastel on green Strathmore 500-series paper

I plan to revisit this on the black surface, since there are elements I love about the original photo.


  1. I love the aspen pictures - both the pastels and the photos. The vibrant colors make me happy.

  2. Hi Kellye - thanks so much for stopping by! The bright colors also make me happy, which is why I'll probably keep painting them for a while :).


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