I haven't painted every day, but here are two paintings from the three outings this week. As much as my enthusiasm for painting from photos has diminished, I did take many photos as well that I can use later when the color is gone and it's too cold to go outside.
9x12 - pastel on Artagain
|River Boulder and Bridge Shadows|
12x12 inches - pastel on Pastelmat
For some reason, it suddenly worked better for me, perhaps because the surface was darker? I don't know, but I found the amount of tooth it had to be probably perfect for me. A sanded paper like Wallis is probably too much, and this surface was nice in that it allowed more layers than my usual sanded Artagain does and worked really well with the light touch I am used to.
It's funny...I'm not sure how well this painting reads to anyone but myself and Pat, since we were both there. The two large shadows - the upper one from a bridge, and the one across the water from a large cottonwood - were two of the things that attracted me to this scene, along with the boulder and lone yellow sapling.
I'm not super happy with the water reflections in this one - they were very cool, but difficult to render because of all the reflected yellows and browns from the trees. Plus, this paper handles differently than the Artagain which I'm used to doing water reflections on.
Pat and I have planned to go out for at least the next two days in a row, so more fall colors to come!