Post #50: Painting Loose

There are times when I want to paint a little more realistically, or I have a definite image or concept in my mind that I want to explore. And then there are times (like last night) where I'm so tired, I don't know what it is I want to paint. Add to that my personal need to vary my subject matter and approach every few days, and it makes for some frustrating late night decision-making.

I knew I wanted to stay away from focusing on a single object (or pair of objects). I thought I might try a place, only I didn't have a clear idea of what I would like to represent in my painting. Then, I sat down in front of my pastels-- the extra soft chalk ones-- and noticed all the beautiful greens. I don't get around to painting much with green, having somewhat of an addiction to blues and purples. I remembered a photo I had taken of a small forest in Germany, which was almost entirely green. I decided I would try it with the oil and chalk combination, and began blocking in grass and trees with the oil pastels, focusing on the overall shapes and shades.

My favorite part of working with oil and chalk together is that point in the painting when I get to set the oils aside and rub in the chalk. I never know what kinds of textures are going to come out, but I know it's going to look interesting. There's plent of room for change, too, since I can go over the colors as much as I want with the chalk, and scratch the surfaces for texture. The result is below.

"Wald" 9 x 12 Pastel (oil and chalk)


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