Saturday, December 6, 2008
After working so hard to get ready for last Thursday's Fair I'm giving myself a very short break from painting. I wanted to post my most recent pastel but found a few things that needed fixing, so I'm posting instead this one which was painted this past spring.
I have to confess that I've never been in Oregon. The reference is from a photography- aficionado friend of mine, who often sends me pictures he thinks would be good for pastel paintings. Most of the time I use my own references but in this case, as soon as I saw the house (which it's actually a restaurant), I knew I had to paint it.
It took me several months to get the courage to start it, because I had to work with two photographs of the area taken at different angles. One emphasized the sea and the beach, and the other the cliff and house. One thing I've learned is that you have to be at least 90% sure of your composition before you start, for the painting to develop well. Small changes as you work are OK, but if you start changing the focal area, you're asking for a headache. So, I needed to be sure of the composition before applying the first stroke. I visualized myself walking along that beach in order to get believable angles. The rocks were the area I ended up changing several times. Rocks are my pet peeve! So far, it's one of my few large paintings (18"x26").