Poppy Field Study

I decided to create a few works with brighter colors using pinks and corals and found a beautiful reference photo of a poppy field. I actually did this painting back in November right around Remembrance Day but am just getting around to posting it now. Better late than never I suppose. I wanted to keep things fresh, loose and more gestural than my usual detailed interpretations and hope that I accomplished a good piece. I tried to capture a sense of movement and the energy of a field at the height of a clear and sunny day. I can almost see the bees and butterflies going from one flower to the next in the search for nectar.

Poppy Field Study

Poppy Field Study, Pastel on Wallis, 9×12″

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Autumn Marsh

Autumn Marsh, Pastel on Wallis, 9×12″

I was going through my computer files and found this painting that I did a couple months ago and forgot to post about it. I worked from a reference photo that I bought from Johannes Vloothuis and really liked the composition and decided to liven it up with some bright rusty oranges and golds to create an inviting scene.  I tried to play with different mark making techniques to bring energy and interest. The picture reminds me of many a fall scene around here in Southern Ontario.

This is the original photo:

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