My reference photo for this pastel was taken one evening on our way home from Lake Placid, New York. We were crossing Tupper Lake and I stopped to take many photos. The sunset was magnificent, going from pink, violet, red to yellow. In painting this landscape, I scumbled the pastel all over, then dripped alcohol down it, deciding to leave the drips on the surface as I put the final pastel on the paper. It was not a totally planned painting, I just went where the drips went and had fun. I enjoyed the long format - 10x20.
Friday, September 19, 2014
I've been painting my grandson for many years. First as a five year old at the zoo, then as a 10 year old in a pumpkin patch. When he was a teen, I painted him with his fist in the air, full of himself and now, as a 23 year old, I'm still interested in painting his portrait. My reference photo for this pastel was taken at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I think he looks pretty cool in his sunglasses.