9x12 - pastel on Strathmore Artagain paper
9x12 - pastel on Strathmore Artagain
I had planned on these happening yesterday, but those plans went awry when I had the lid of a metal dumpster fall from full height onto my right hand, smashing it . After about 10 minutes of excruciating pain, immediate swelling and panicked thoughts of "will I ever be able to paint again?", heading to the urgent care center seemed like a prudent thing to do. Fortunately, x-rays showed nothing was broken, but I left in a splint that killed any idea of painting. And, it drove me nuts.
Feeling anxious and stir-crazy this morning, I took the splint off so I could at least type. And despite the fact my 3rd and 4th fingers look like green and purple sausages, I discovered that I could hold pastels! I cannot explain what a relief this was.
Anyway, these paintings are a sort of spin-off from the "Ten Minute Challenge", and are also part of the "Impressions of Winter" series. They are based on photos we took on Wed around Florida (pronounced "floor-EE-ta") Mesa, an area of ranches and farms south of Durango. The concept was the same: paint quickly, focusing on masses and abstract shapes rather than details. For these 9x12", I set the timer for 30 min. each, which is 1/3 of the time it took for the total time in the pear composite painting. I sort of count them as good warm-ups for plein air work later this year.
They aren't going to win any awards, but believe me, I am pleased anyway! That I could even paint a day after a pretty major crushing injury to my dominant hand, and that I finished them both within the 30 minute limit = success.
Wednesday's beautiful sunset, taken 3 minutes apart: