I first picked up oils again about four years ago and this was one of the first paintings that I did and actually liked and triggered a memory of a natural landscape which I can’t quite identify which leaves me with a feeling of nostalgia. It has been hanging on a wall in my house ever since I finished it and I finally decided to part with it and try to sell it online. An artistic teacher had said something about how artists don’t try to paint mist and fog in their landscape paintings often enough and these atmospheric weather conditions have always held a certain attraction for me so I try to do this periodically and this was one of the first oil paintings where I practiced this. I used artist grade Windsor and Newton oil paints on a pre-stretched canvas which is also an artist grade support. After about a year and a half of painting with oils I found soft pastels and enjoy using them since they require less clean up and you get finished results much sooner or at least I usually tend not to play around with pastels as much as the oils. I also needed to put the oils down since lifting the brush up and over the level of my shoulder was painful and the whole arm would go numb and the shoulder joint would hurt like crazy! I’m hoping that the shoulder will permit me to pick up the oils again if I should feel the lure of the brush again. I pulled the oils out recently and looked them over however the desire to use them didn’t quite hit me yet hopefully it will in the future and I would like to develop a more mature style with the soft pastels as well.
This piece will be shipped sandwiched between two pieces of foam board and packed in a card board box with packing media for protection.
Morning Mist on a Northern Lake, pastel on paper, 16×20″
Finished another winter landscape painting which is set in the mountains and depicts a lovely wood cabin. I think the mark making is a little tight and needs to be looser or more expressive, for some strange reason my style keeps changing like I’m accessing different facets of my creative knowledge or style which gets a little frustrating if it’s not working or very interesting if it is working. I don’t normally paint mountains or buildings so this was a bit of a learning experience for me however I’m not completely unhappy with the work. Traditionally I haven’t painted buildings however I thought that they might add some interest and structure to my work. I used some of the colors in my new Unison Lights set of 18 and find that I really like them and they are great for winter scenes. Pastels used include Terry Ludwig and Unison on Wallis Pro White Paper.
Winter Cabin In the Mountains, pastel on pastel paper, 12×18″
I was thinking about water, wind and the weather and how it would be great fun to go see the ocean and see how it spoke to me. I liked the silvery morning light and the pink and violet clouds in the sky and the contrast between the rocks and the light on the water. The water seemed fairly calm so I decided to keep the marks smooth and I blended the colors a lot and I tried to capture the movement of the water around the rocks in the foreground. I used the same Terry Ludwig, Unison and Girault Pastel combination I always use on Wallis Pro White Paper.
Silver Light on the Sea, soft pastel on paper, 12×18″
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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, 12×18″
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, Soft Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″
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, Pastel on Paper, 12×18″
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, Pastel on Paper, 12×18″
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,
Pastel on Paper, 12×18″
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, Pastel on Pastel Paper, 9×12″