As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I have recently got back into painting with soft pastels. After several years of no art in my life at all, and then a few years creating art digitally, it's been fun, interesting and therapeutic to put pastel to paper and see what I can create.
The first thing I realized was that, if I wanted to work in my current studio, I would need better light. My studio is actually the formal dining room of our home (we use the breakfast nook as our dining room).
My studio, which I named "Mockingbird Studio", is in the center of the house and although it's open on two sides to the living room and kitchen, it doesn't get direct light. That was fine when working on the computer, not so useful when working on an easel.
I started looking for lamp setups for an art studio and found what I needed in the Daylight Lamp. It was a bit pricey, but I had a birthday coming up and I put it on my wishlist.
My wonderful husband bought it for me for my birthday and we rearranged my desk a bit to enable me to use it and my easel next to my computer.
This will enable me to view video tutorials while I'm working alongside at my easel. I love it!
Anyway, on to my latest artwork (sneak preview above).
On the way home from seeing my horse at the barn last weekend, I caught sight of a lovely view that I really wanted to try and paint in pastels. If I had my camera with me, I probably would have stopped and taken a reference photo. As it was I tried to commit it to memory as I sped by and when I got home, I did something I haven't done in decades - I sketched the scene!
As you can tell, I'm not a sketch artist, but I was able to get enough of a feel for the scene that today I decided to try and do it in pastels.
I simplified it by only putting in two round hay bales, instead of the 12 I had in my sketch which I think would have been a) impossible to do and b) made the picture look too "busy".
This is the first one I've tried to do from scratch, without following a tutorial or a lesson in a book.
Naturally, I can see things now that could/should be changed to make it less amateurish but I think that on the whole, I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.