pastel on Strathmore
Another quick piece, done this evening, based on a photo up on Comb Ridge itself taken along the hike to the Procession panel petroglyph. I was drawn to the sweeping curves of the sandstone and the line of juniper leading up the wash. The challenge was to try and capture the direction of the rock and avoid a flat appearance by use of pastel stroke and subtle variations of gray of the same value.
I had to rely on a flash for the photo, so the color nuances aren't as clear as they are on the actual piece. However, I won't have access to the computer or the internet for most of the day tomorrow due to our move, so it was either now or another day or possibly two before anything was going to surface here.
The green of the junipers becomes a key element in this painting by adding both an area of contrasting value as well as a non-linear visual path into the painting. These are things I keep in mind when I'm composing the photo.
I'm into these green skies; they seem to harmonize better with the pale grays of the land, and of course the shrubs, than blue.
It has a more abstract feel to it than the painting from a few days ago, and is more of what I was aiming for.
I hope to be back online tomorrow evening from our new condo!
A few final deck photos from our current place...
Sunset, April 19 - stratocumulus
April 20 afternoon - altocumulus and Smelter Mtn. in the spotlight
April 20 sunset - bands of cumulus mediocris