Last painting for a little while. I have a show in a couple of weeks and have to get back to making jewelry. This is my first attempt at using Panpastels, or pastels of any kind for that matter. The large pine tree is one that I spotted down the road from my house and had to run back home and grab my camera. It's done on some watercolor paper that I coated with Art Spectrum Colourfix Primer in Burnt Sienna. I eventually cropped to about 11"x13". Panpastels are great fun although there is a learning curve. I did struggle a lot with the area beneath the tree and I'm still not happy with that part. Even though I have all 80 colors there is still a lot of color mixing that needs to be done. This is definitely a fun medium that I want to do more with.
9"X12" Oil on canvas.
I struggled with this one too. I redid the sky and background trees about three times and I still think the sky should be lighter. Oh well. Every painting is a learning experience. I've been reading "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting", an old book but considered to still be the authoritative work on the subject. I tried to apply one (I can't clutter my mind with too many at once) of the principles of making the trees gradually lighten as they reach into the sky. But I tried to create a mood and I think I did that.
I started my jewelry making journey in 2006 and it quickly took over my spare room and spread out into the living room. I was able to retire from my civil service job in August 2008 and I'm now able to focus on it full time.