It was a hot, sticky July morning at the Pittsfield Preserve near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The grass was wet and the mosquitoes were circling (never mind the stealthy tics hiding deep down in the dark jungle of weeds)! I have recently been experimenting with various hues of underpainting to bring out the pastel color in a more vibrant fashion. Here is the reference photo: To convey the hazy look for the treeline, I chose to paint it with a bluish hue. Below I have created a yel
In Pittsfield Township, Michigan, just south of Ann Arbor and east of Saline, there is a series of nature preserves (the "Pittsfield Preserves") which offer wonderful hikes, wetlands and, in this scene below, fields of wildflowers. This pastel painting was inspired by a bike ride through the preserve in early July. It was mid-morning and the blue haze hung around the ground in the cool, humid shade. For my devoted BLOG readers, my ETSY store is offering a 20% off coupon for
When I am not outdoors in one of my plein air painting excursions, I often take advantage of digital photography to enhance and complete a pastel painting. Here is the reference photo for the pastel painting currently in progress. It was a lovely early summer morning in the nature preserves outside Ann Arbor, MI. While my focus for the painting will be the wildflowers in the field, you will note that there is a lot of dull brownish-mauve grassy clutter that might make such a
Early mornings on humid summer days bring out an ethereal veil of the landscape, with a hazy look that almost blurs the nearby foliage and turns the distant tree line to a bluish cast. Here's the reference photo: The photo does not capture the haziness that was present that morning. And although the sky is clear, on an earlier trip (without camera) there was a dramatic cloud structure expanding up from the horizon. So time to use my "artist's license" and make some changes.