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05-28-2015, 12:03 AM
Been painting small for a couple of weeks but today I felt the need to stretch my arms a bit so I went a little bigger....

14 x 18 pastel on board

water girl
05-28-2015, 12:14 AM
I think this is painted on one of your prepared surfaces. I really like the texture and sense of movement. Nicely done, Randy!

05-28-2015, 12:20 AM
Thanks Karen!

Yup, I found an old board that I had done a while back. It's a lot of fun but boy do these surfaces chew through the pastels! :eek:

05-28-2015, 02:24 AM
Wow, this I love! As Karen said, the structures and the dynamic lines they (and you :)) created really make this fascinating. Even the prepared surface chew your pastels... it was worth it! :clap:

05-28-2015, 05:17 AM
Absolutely love the texture in this one Randy. And as always you handle the subtle colors most excellently.

05-28-2015, 07:07 AM
So interesting! A different look for you...I like it a lot! Could you make only certain parts of the surface rough? For example, is you knew there would be brush in a certain area? What a great look.

05-28-2015, 09:58 AM
I love this one, Randy. It's so lively! The left side of the middle mountain does look a little too white and cool, I think. But you were there, so I'm sure you know better then I. :)

05-28-2015, 10:22 AM
Randy, wow! This is a gorgeous painting. I love the light, so strong and clean. Great textures from your prepared board. I had to smile at that, looks like you got a winner working big this time! Very soft colors but strong values!

05-28-2015, 10:24 AM
Ditto.....love the texture here. The painting has a nice energetic feel to it!

05-28-2015, 10:27 AM
This is awesome! Beautiful work

05-28-2015, 02:10 PM
Lovely "écriture".

05-28-2015, 02:50 PM
Nice piece, I like you use of line on this one. Did you do it on a black surface.

05-28-2015, 05:50 PM
I like this a lot. Good values, good colors in focal area. I am on a kick myself with this one orange i have that really pops a painting. As you may know by now, that's what I appreciate so much about your paintings. Pam :wave:

05-28-2015, 10:01 PM
This is so beautiful. I love the prepared textures and your palette. I am constantly trying to be use more neutral greens. Lovely!!

05-29-2015, 12:05 AM
Thanks so much everyone for all of your nice comments!!

05-29-2015, 12:10 AM
Could you make only certain parts of the surface rough? For example, is you knew there would be brush in a certain area? What a great look.

Thanks Jay! I suppose that if you plan ahead you could smooth out the brushstrokes in certain areas when you prepare the board but you can also cancel out the texture in places by blending those areas. That usually fills in the grooves of the texture for a smoother, more unified look.

05-29-2015, 12:18 AM
Did you do it on a black surface.

Thanks Mike! Dark blue, actually. I usually go with a slightly lighter value but I've been tripping over this old dark board in my studio for months so it was time to cover it up. :)

05-29-2015, 12:53 PM
Ok, it does give it a distinctive feel. An Artist that was a bit of a Mentor to me (Loraine Veeck) when we lived in the LA area works on black for her pastels and it has the same feel.

06-02-2015, 02:18 AM
oh that's clever would love to know your process

06-04-2015, 07:33 AM
Wow Randy. I really like everything about this one. Home Run!