Saturday, August 30, 2008

Big Rock - Valley of Fire, NV.

Here's another pastel as I figure out this new medium. I'm trying out a lot of different techniques and methods so each one is a new adventure!

This view is from a path that runs along the rim of the Valley of Fire state park, north of Las Vegas. The colors really are this bright and saturated. Maybe more!

I took this photo late in the day. The foreground was in shadow but there was still light on the hill across the valley.

_MG_0053 - Version 2
8 x 10 Pastel on Colorfix paper

Original first sketch

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oaks on the Hill

I'm still playing around with pastels. This is my second study in this difficult medium.

This time I thought I would change things around a bit by including a couple of my preliminary sketches. I should document each step but sometimes I get swept into the little rectangle of paper or canvas and forget about most everything else.

This is from a photo of some middle-aged oak trees on the low hills surrounding Lake Dixon here in Escondido. I took this picture last spring during that too-short time when things are very green here in Southern California.

9 x 12 pastel on Wallis paper

First rough sketches

Pencil sketch washed with alcohol

First underpainting wash

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Virgin River - Zion N.P.

After spending a couple of weeks playing around with the new Golden Open acrylics I was feeling a little rusty with the oils. So, I took a stab at a photo I took in Zion N.P. a few years ago.

This was taken in the valley floor on an afternoon that was starting to cloud up quickly. The photo was a little faded so I had to fake it a little with the colors.

9x12  oil on linen panel