I just finished and shipped off this large commissioned painting:
|"Intersection of Elements"|
24 x 48
It was interesting because I was asked to make a larger piece based on a plein air painting I had done earlier this year. The plein air piece was done during the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival under very unusual lighting conditions when a layer of fog was undulating in and out right on the edge of the coast. Because of the conditions I never got any decent photos, and because it was painted a few hours away I couldn’t easily return to the site (and the odds of returning and getting comparable weather and lighting were virtually zip).
|"The Tales They Could Tell", Pastel, 12x16|
Painted Plein Air
|Lousy reference photo|
Given the relative lack of reference material, I was forced to draw heavily on my visual memories from the day. The size (24”x48”) was also larger than I usually work in pastel (although I used to paint large oils). To top it off, I started with an oil underpainting which is something I have only tried once before.
Turns out changing all these factors made the painting process really enjoyable and I was very happy with the final result.