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Monday, August 06, 2018

Sundown, Pastel from a Photo

This little pastel painting is from a photo I took a few years ago here in New Mexico.  Artists have to be careful when using a photo reference.  In this case, the shadow areas were very dark.  The mountain and houses were almost in silhouette.  In real life they wouldn't be that way unless it was almost dark.

I used the computer to lighten up the shadows.  The painting is only 8 x 8 inches so there couldn't be too much detail in the shadows either.  I like my compromise.  Plein air painting (outside) has helped me to see how photos can flatten and put things out of sync.

I started on a white piece of Pastelcard.  I used pastel and wet it with water and let it drip.  I planned on using the drips in the foreground, but the painting was small and didn't have much foreground.

Pastel on Pastelcard
8 x 8 inches

I received some compliments on my sketch of the tree in the previous post.  It was a fairly accurate sketch of the tree.  I thought you might like to see a photo of the tree and big rock.

It was good to get out the pastels today.  It was a bit warm, got up to about 80 degrees.  I painted in the garage, out of the sun and wind.  Gene rode his trike to Eagle Nest.  He rode 21 miles.  He has been riding about 10-12 miles so he was pretty tired.  I went to pick him up and we had a glass of wine at the Saloon.  They have a couple of recliner couches in the back so we sat and relaxed for a while.  Nice.

We stopped in there a while back to see if they were open and if the restaurant was open.  The hostess/waitress said they were, but to be sure and call before we came as they sometimes run out of food.  Hmmm.

We will see what tomorrow brings.


Joan Tavolott said...

I am finally getting to catch up on blogs now that I am home. Love the golden colors of the sunset!!!!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks so much, Joan. It was fun to follow your trip. 800 sketchers, wow!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

good on Gene for riding the trike so much :D

love the colours of the painting, very pretty sky :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, Gene did well, he might have over done it a little but he likes to do as much as he can. He used to ride 100 miles on his birthday and as he got older his age. Good thing he did some long rides and has a few miles in his bank.

Thanks on the painting.

Bag Blog said...

I love the colors in the sunset painting. Very nice!

Toby has not ridden his bike much this summer, and me, not at all. It is just too dang hot. In the early morning hours when it is still fairly cool, I usually go out to the barn to throw pots. Ceramics or bike riding, hmm, I bet you know which I'd rather do.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, I can't believe how dedicated Gene is to his riding. Guess it keeps him going. I have a terrible time riding my stationary bike for a couple of miles. Never a real one outside.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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