View Full Version : Larger Format Pastels - Fog Regatta

07-22-2008, 07:59 AM
I knew I'd be teaching mostly pastel this week, so Sunday I decided to get out and hone my pastel skills. I also had an older, framed pastel painting that I wanted to replace with new work. Its frame holds a 12x18 painting -- twice the size of my usual 9x12 pastels! Also, I like this longer format. A 9x12 has a 3:4 (0.75) ratio, but a 12x18 has a 4:6 (0.67) ratio, which is more panoramic and thus more suitable for broad ocean views.

I packed up the pastel gear and headed over to Raccoon Beach, which has a wonderful view of the bold coast of Campobello Island. But as luck would have it, Raccoon Beach was completely fogged in. So, I drove back to the other side of the island, near Friar's Bay, where I remember glimpsing a bit of open sky. I headed for the top of Friar's Head and its observation deck.


I didn't realize that the Roosevelt Cup, an annual regatta, was going on. What a perfect opportunity! From my overlook, I could see the sailboats gracing Friar's Bay and the low fog that added an element of mystery. Although the boats were speeding along, I made sure to sketch one key boat in my initial sketch before fog or speed took it away.



Despite the come-and-go fog, I had a great view from the top, and it was fun to watch the boats as they sailed around Dudley and Treat Islands. (In the painting, you can see both, plus the "tidal dam (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,770132,00.html)" that Roosevelt and Dexter Cooper built for harnessing tidal energy.)

"Fog Regatta"
12x18, pastel, en plein air


07-22-2008, 07:45 PM
Nicely done. Nice sense of atmosphere!


Paula Ford
07-22-2008, 08:07 PM
How beautiful! Thank you so much Michael!

May I ask, what colors are in those foreground trees?


07-24-2008, 04:34 AM
Thanks! Paula, foreground trees are a mixture of warm greens, cool reds and cool blues. Polychromos + Mount Vision. Sorry I can't be more specific!

07-24-2008, 12:09 PM
Wow, I love the feel of it, and and can almost imagine myself there. I'll be heading up to New Brunswick, Canada for 2 weeks on Aug. 2 - and definitely plan to bring my pastels! I know I won't accomplish anything like this, but it gives me a goal to shoot for. :)

Paula Ford
07-24-2008, 12:39 PM
I don't think I've ever heard of a cool red before. Would you explain? Thank you!

07-24-2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks, Debbie! Where in NB are you headed?

Paula - reds will be warmer or cooler, relative to one another. At the extreme end of cool, you run into red-violets. At the extreme end of warm, you run into red-oranges.

Paula Ford
07-24-2008, 06:25 PM
Thank you Michael. I know what colors work together, but always have a hard time with "cool and warm." One of these days I'll get a book on color theory.

Adriana Meiss
07-24-2008, 08:26 PM
Lovely colors.
Do you like this new format? I find small pieces harder to paint.

07-24-2008, 10:49 PM
Very simply beautiful

07-25-2008, 02:53 AM
Paula - We've got a great color theory forum right here on WC!

Adriana - I do like the new format. I'll definitely be doing more panoramics.

Thanks, Tatijana!