You can’t beat pastels for color that just knocks you into the next county, as my artist mentor Jerry Thomas would say. I’m very happy with this piece that I just now finished. Believe it or not, the brilliant magenta is from a Nupastel. I’m almost out of it, and need to order some more right away. I also need to order some deep dark shadow blues and violets. I mostly used them up on this. This is a complementary color scheme of red-violet and yellow-green. I used a photo I had taken in the Missouri Botanical Garden 2 or 3 years ago as a jumping off point.
I like the warm glow in the lower right corner. The effect of bright sunshine is in this piece. I lightly stumbled orange and yellow orange over the light areas in the leaves, and in the main flower. It doesn’t shout “orange”, but it adds a warmth and vitality to this piece. It looks so much better in real life than in a photo like here. I like how the dark blues tie everything together.
Today is a very cold January day. As you can tell, I love warm, sunny, colorful days, so I’m trying to stay “up” during this winter weather. I will go to the gym now and work out.
Hey guys. The wind chill was minus 10 Farenheit when I awoke this morning. I am enjoying my day of staying at home and cooking and doing art. This morning I baked banana bread and started beef goulash in the slow cooker. Now, I just got done working on a pastel painting. I’m using a rough, toothy pastel board of about 20 inches by 16 inches. It is brick red on the front. This will help create unity in the painting, as little splotches of this will show up throughout.
I use mostly Nupastels and Unison pastels. I also use other brands, such as Schmincke, Sennelier, and others.
I started this several weeks ago. I’m using a photo as a reference point for it. I took the photo at the Missouri Botanical Garden several years ago. It was a potted plant – some type of daisy. Color is my favorite aspect of art. I’ve been told I have a strong sense of light in my paintings. I’m very glad, because this is what I aim for – color and light. Since I’m on the autistic spectrum, I also can’t help but be detailed. That is how my mind works.
As you can see, I’ve painted in the background around the flowers. I think the flowers will be easy. I’m doing a secondary color triad (green, violet, orange). I realized that there is quite a lot of gold and orange in the greens, and an orange influence in the flowers, too. I really love the lighting effects on the leaves, and on the sphagnum moss. The trick to achieving an effect of strong lighting is to contrast light with dark mainly, and secondarily to contrast color temperatures between light and shadow areas.
I’m seeing that the background is quite busy. I will just go ahead and do the daisies, then see if and how much I need to soften and simplify the background.
Yes, I realize I’m very blessed and fortunate as a person the autistic spectrum to have a husband and 2 kids. I sincerely love them with all my heart. But for 2 weeks straight I had almost no time to myself with the boys at home.
Today I finally got a few hours to myself! Is is very exciting and such a relief. I spent the day removing ornaments from the tree, listening to alternative news, using my SAD light during breakfast, taking an hour walk outside, have lunch at ny local cheap Chinese place, and just relaxing and taking my time.
Here are some nice photos from the walk I took. I really love that I’m walking outside daily in spite of cold weather now. It makes winter less of a drag.
Above is the trunk of a river birch tree. I love the papery layers of pink, salmon, and soft yellowish tans.
This is Rock Creek which was very flooded just a few days ago.
This is called “Six Canoes”. It is oil on canvas panel, 20 x 16.