I decided that this painting needed some improvement since it was very unbalanced due to having so many trees in the darker values on one side so it seems to work better with another smaller tree on the left side as well. I also took the picture using the flash and it turned out much cooler which worked nicely for the blues in the sky and distant land mass and unfortunately not so good at picking up on the warm values in the shrubbery.
The Himalayan Blue Poppy is one of those plants that every gardener wants to try however; it is also one of those things that is oh so easy to kill. I’ve tried to grow three different plants and even tried to start them from seed, and I still don’t have a single surviving plant in my garden even though they are supposed to be hardy here. Guess I’ll have to settle for a pastel painting of this stunning blue poppy. I used a reference image from the free reference image library on Wet Canvas. For some reason the picture is a little dark and flat looking, so some of the flowers and foliage don’t come across as well as they are in reality but the blue color is fairly accurate.
There is something very beautiful about waterfalls that does make painting a few a must for most landscape painters. I’ve been researching the most notable waterfalls around the world and came across Silver Falls in Oregon, US and knew that I just had to paint this one. Hopefully research will yield more lovely pictures of this area, regardless, I will be returning to this subject. This particular waterfall is the Lower South Falls so one of my next waterfall subject will be the North Falls. I used Girault’s, Unison’s and Ludwig pastels on Uart paper.