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rsmith.1141
04-28-2013, 07:47 PM
Been a while since I got dusty so I threw a little box of Girault pastels in my backpack and hiked out to do this little sketch. Beautiful day here - 78 degrees with a light wind. I almost took a nap under the trees instead of painting them....


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Apr-2013/137729-DSC_0648-3.jpg
9 x 12 pastel on sanded paper

pastel65
04-28-2013, 08:24 PM
Great painting. Would I be correct in guessing that it was done without blending? I can't help blending and I would like to limit the use of it and your painting is a good study for me. Do you take a lot of pastels with you or limit your selection? Thanks Pam

allydoodle
04-28-2013, 09:04 PM
Nice one Randy, it looks just like you described the day, comfortable, sunny, and I can just picture the breeze.....

rsmith.1141
04-28-2013, 09:53 PM
Great painting. Would I be correct in guessing that it was done without blending? I can't help blending and I would like to limit the use of it and your painting is a good study for me. Do you take a lot of pastels with you or limit your selection? Thanks Pam

Thanx Pam. Yes, I was using an assortment of about 40 half sticks. Sounds like a lot but my Heilman backpacker box, which I usually use outside, must have over 150 so... I guess it's all relative.

I'm trying an experiment, painting without blending just because I recently saw some work by Australian painter Maxwell Wilks. He has a VERY unusual process in which he doesn't really blend. The final results are very cool. Check him out....

rsmith.1141
04-28-2013, 09:54 PM
Thanks, Chris!

pastel65
04-28-2013, 10:02 PM
Thanks for information. Will check out artist you suggested and the Hellman box. Pam

Turpintine45
04-29-2013, 12:09 AM
Sounds and looks like a wonderful relaxed day. That patch of light grass under the trees looks very inviting! Nice work.

twiglet
04-29-2013, 07:49 AM
Nice work Randy, don't think I could do a painting without my finger diving in to blend everything

chuas2
04-29-2013, 01:02 PM
Nice painting Randy. Especially like the composition and use of negative space in the tree branches. Gives a lot of movement to an otherwise static subject.

Giraults are terrific for travel aren't they? You can easily fit 150 in a small box and they're not quite as dusty if you're far from a faucet.
:thumbsup:
Kris

water girl
04-29-2013, 01:03 PM
I really like this one, Randy! The shadows on the tree trunk are spectacular. We missed you Friday night!

RobD
04-29-2013, 02:36 PM
Great soft feel to this one Randy. The tree trunks are really nice!