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Friday, July 23, 2010

Pastel Trees

I have been working on painting trees for quite some time, a couple of years right? They are always tricky. I was looking at the pines with some small aspens across the way and got out a small 6 x 12 inch board to give them a try.

This first version was a little dark for my taste and not really defined as to what was there. I do like the pine branches better in this version.

I decided to wipe it off and do the same scene a little lighter so that maybe the aspens would be more noticeable.

I am not any more pleased with this version. Maybe it is the angle from the deck looking down. I don't know. At any rate, I wiped it off and will do something else on the board. Perhaps going down to eye level would be better with such tall trees. It would probably be a better composition.

This is the Pastelbord after wiping and washing. This ghost image just might be the answer. You never know.

I did get in some practice. Anytime you put your brush to canvas or your sticks to paper or board you learn something. Hopefully the next try will be what I am looking for. Check back to find out.


Bag Blog said...

I like the light in the branches on the second painting.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Bag Blog. I will try the painting from a different view point. I have painted pines at home and liked them more.

Joanna said...

I also liked the 2nd painting. Oh well...

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

Jo, they all look moody and different, the last one is actually my favorite, the one you wiped off. I love the softness.
You might try bringing the foreground trees a little closer and larger, might help you in the composing dilemma.. Good luck, art like life, is a challenge huh.

padmaja said...

Hi jo, your sketches are really very cute and lovely. I absolutely loved your spirit with these trees here. I loved them all, even the washed out one looks so elegant. I think top angles really are special, they are tougher to deal with, but you managed it so well, all the best!

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, I can always paint more trees. :)

Rae, thank you. Your suggestion would help, I think. Every painting is a challenge.

Padmaja, thank you. I checked out your blog and will go back and comment and look around a bit more.

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