Greywood by Twilight

After creating some landscaping paintings of brightly colored trees I decided to paint a woodland scene with softer and more neutral gray colors. I wanted to capture the cool and tranquil atmosphere of the interior of the woodland in the beginning of autumn. I added a touch of warm orange to add a little color to the scene as well. I used artist quality pastels by Terry Ludwig and Unison on acid free pastel paper by Wallis.

Greywood by Twilight, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 12x18"

Greywood by Twilight, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 12×18″

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Impression of a Red Maple

I like the contorted shape of this tree and the layers of bright red foliage which really captures the attention and reminds me of my Japanese Maples in the autumn which is a theme I have explored recently. I especially like the warm reds and purples in the cooler months. I also used cooler blues and greens with the warm reds to help balance the colors and make them less dominant and create harmony. I once again used high quality pastels including Terry Ludwig and Unison on Wallis Pro White Pastel Paper which is a high quality paper as well.

Impression of a Red Maple

Impression of a Red Maple, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″

Woodland Fire

Now that the snow is on the ground and winter has set in I wanted to post a nice colorful picture of some maple trees that have turned a lovely bright red autumn color. There is something exciting about the autumn that can inspire a certain vibrancy of spirit in a person who is in connection with the natural world. And yet there is a kind sadness of things passing into the realm of endings until the next rebirth of life, however there are lots of warm and cheerful colors which are a welcome site once the snow is on the ground or even if it’s not in your area.

My materials include artist quality pastels by Terry Ludwig and Unison on the high quality Wallis Pro White Pastel Paper. I don’t spray my paintings due to the color change which darkens and kills the vibrancy and also due to asthma which makes it really difficult to deal with the fumes.

Woodland Fire

Woodland Fire, Pastel on Wallis Pastel Paper, 12×18”

Sunrise Over the Lake

I have discovered that I like working on small seascapes and enjoy the simple, smooth strokes and planes of color involved with the subject matter instead of the more highly textured and detailed forest painting that I normally create. I really like the soft pink in the colours and the soft focus of this painting as well. I used my favourite artist quality pastels mainly Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels on Wallis Pro White Pastel paper which as a sanded surface so that it can hold the pastel dust better and prevent it from falling off.

Sunrise Over the Lake

Sunrise Over the Lake, Soft Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″

Milky Way Sky

I decided to do something a little different than what I’ve done before and started a small painting of the night sky and the Milky Way Galaxy using some violets and pinks and lots of dark pastels. It was interesting and somewhat tedious to depict all the stars however I think it passes as a starry night sky. There is a certain enchantment in the night sky and I’ve always found pictures of galaxies and nebula to be beautiful, should try another one of these sometime. Terry Ludwig and Unison Pastels on Wallis Pro White Paper and it is a 9×12”.

Milky Way Sky

Milky Way Sky, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″

Morning Flight Over the Harbor

This looks like a tropical lagoon as seen from a plane window and this shot does put me in mind of flying if I was a bird. I have had dreams of flying places and being high up in the sky or floating in the air above trees and water. I used cooler tones and tried to capture the early morning light to give this a soft slightly moody quality. I used Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels on Wallis Pro White Paper, 12×18”.

Flight Over the Harbor

Flight Over the Harbor, Pastel on Paper, 12×18″

Japanese Maple in the Autumn

I have two beautiful Japanese Maples growing in my garden, one is the burgundy Bloodgood Maple that changes to a bright red in the autumn and the other is a small cut-leaf variety called Ever Red which also turns a bright red so I have affection for bright red maples. Therefore I decided to use some vibrant reds and oranges for the foliage of this tree and like the way it turned out. Some of my work is much brighter than it used to be. I used Terry Ludwig and Unison Pastels on Wallis Pro White Paper in the 12×18” size.

Japanese Maple in the Autumn

Japanese Maple in the Autumn, Pastel on Paper, 12×18″

Scotland’s Stalker Castle

There is something about castles that appeal to me, perhaps is their antiquity then there is the romantic concept too. Sometimes I think that I’ve lived in a castle in a past life and can almost remember these old stone walls and stairways. I found a picture of Stalker Castle which is located in Scotland and just had to paint it although I don’t usually paint buildings. The land around the castle is lovely too with a kind of haunting serenity that calls to me. I used Terry Ludwig and Unison pastels on Wallis Pro White Paper in the 12×18 size.

Scotland's Stalker Castle

Scotland’s Stalker Castle,
Pastel on Paper, 12×18″

Mist and Fog

I’m trying to simplify my work and make it more abstract by times and decided to try working on a seascape involving much water, mist and rocks. I actually like the ethereal softness of this piece and think that it captures a somewhat melancholy mood. I also like the pink color of the clouds just above the horizon line which has been partially obscured by the fog; I think they lend a nice warm quality to an otherwise cool painting. I used Terry Ludwig and Unison pastels and Wallis Professional White Paper.

Mist and Fog

Mist and Fog, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″

Spring Walk

I found a spring themed painting I did a few months ago so it might be a little out of season here in the middle of summer but thought I would post about it anyway. Pink is the dominate color and I’m really not sure what these trees are although I think that they might be cherry trees. I wanted to simplify the forms and reduce the amount of detail and make this a little more abstract and I think that I have succeeded with this objective. This puts me in mind of a spring day just when the sun comes out after a rain storm. I used my favourite Terry Ludwig and Unison Pastel combination again including a couple pinks from that scary Ludwig Vibrant set which is taking me some time to get used too however I do like to enliven and warm up my paintings with these colors too.

Spring Walk

Spring Walk, pastel on paper, 9×12″