View Full Version : Somewhere in the Mountains

10-11-2013, 11:10 PM
Haven't had much time to paint this week so I've been sneaking in some quick little sketches when I have a few minutes. Hopefully I can find some time this weekend... :crossfingers:

6 x 6 pastel on hardboard

10-12-2013, 12:16 AM
Wow, this is very nice! Are those reddish brown places the paper showing through? I love them.

10-12-2013, 04:34 AM
Lovely light at the front and atmospheric fading at the background.

10-12-2013, 09:44 PM
Looks easy breezy to us... but I'm sure it took a lot of thought and planning. The board offers texture and "life" but I'm not sure it's my favorite part of the piece. I want to "rest" my eyes in the sky and let the clouds float by but the underpainting keeps interrupting me from doing that. Does that make sense? It's probably just me.... Barb

10-12-2013, 10:29 PM
Thanks, all.

Barbara - I agree. I'm still figuring these panels out. Overall, I like the texture but not everywhere. I may need to do some selective blending. This may be a bit better...


10-12-2013, 11:32 PM
Yes, for me, definitely better. Is this one of your home made boards? I am wondering what the advantage is to that texture. It confused the sky for me and the diagonal straiations lower left kept taking my eye.
Was there something you were trying to achieve there?
I love the warmth of the trees against that receding tree line. Beautiful atmosphere in this.

10-13-2013, 04:43 AM
I like the textural effects of this ground in the organic elements but agree that it is slightly distracting in the sky (before you blended it) but then again... I like the harmony it creates...

I like the light in this one too :)


10-13-2013, 11:33 AM
Very nice Randy. I also make my own supports and I like the broken color effect created by the brushstrokes beneath the pastel. I think it adds movement to the overall composition but it totally depends on what your intent was I guess : ) .

10-13-2013, 06:09 PM
Thanks, Matt, Nicole, Edin! I think the key is going to be evaluating the subject before starting and determining if the texture is going to add or detract.

I also tried using a form brush today to apply the primer and it really cut down on the texture but still left enough to be interesting. This may be the key. That attempt is HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1331893).

10-13-2013, 07:09 PM
Flattman and Margulies , among others , have presented texture experiments at PSA
before mass-production of textured supports .

i'm wondering if the clouds are necessary ...