Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunny Wall - WIP

Resource photo for "Sunny Wall" was taken in Mexico last November during my cruise and port stop in Cabo San Lucas. This little patio corner was so colorful.

Been working on this pastel for awhile...still have a ways to go but it is coming together.

It's 11 x 14 on Ampersand Pastelbord with soft pastels, mostly Ludwigs. The bright orange underpainting (see lower left corner for bare board) was done over the whole board with NeoColorII's. I wanted a really bright warm hue to show through.

I have a least a layer of soft pastels on everything except for the chair shape (lower left). Today I worked on the focus, the flowering bush.


hbedrosian said...

Cindy, this is just gorgeous! The crisp leaves of the centered plant really stand out as compared to the blurred plant to the left. I also like the colors you're getting in the shadows on the wall, as well as the warm/cool tones of the plant leaves.

Cindy said...

Thank you Holly! I'm getting there slowly but surely on this one. The drawing is just a bit more complex than I have tackled in a while with pastels.

Karen Hargett said...

Oh this has a great feel to it. I love the shadows on the wall. Very nice.

Beth said...

Hi Cindy, I'm loving how this is coming along. I look forward to seeing an update. I love how it seems so out of focus then you always seem to bring it all together.

Cindy said...

Thank you Karen! I appreciate you stopping in on my blog and taking the time to comment.

Hi Beth! I've gone back to my oil painting roots lately. I learned to oil paint by layers...the first couple are just shapes and values, the details come last. It seems to be helping me think more painterly.

B Boylan said...

Hi Cindy,
This is really lovely. Pastels are a lot like oils and I hear many successful artists go back and forth a lot from oil to pastels. I really love the warmth this one has and the lost edges of the shadows. Most interesting to wander through.