ACEO floral trio
2.5 x 3.5 inches each
pastel on black Strathmore
My pastel palette is lacking in saturated purples and violets needed to paint some of the flowers, but that will change in the next few days when the open stock pastel order I placed with Blick comes in. I ordered over 60 pastels - mostly Mt. Visions, and a few Richeson Handmade - but I also ordered some of the Ludwig intense dark violets. Almost every pastelist I know raves about these colors in particular, so I had to give them a try. They are unlike anything in my current collection.
And, then a study of this fascinating tree that is right across the street:
pastel on Strathmore charcoal
It's nothing to write home about, but t'was good practice nonetheless. The tree, in addition to having smooth white bark with the dark scarring, has these reddish strands of leaves(?) that hang down like thin fronds of hair. It's quite remarkable, and very tall. I have no idea of its identity.
And, in keeping with tradition, here are some photos taken at Santa Rita Park, last weekend, in the community garden:
|Yellow and pink columbine|