Back to the woods. I am donating a pastel to my friend’s fundraiser for an elementary school arts program and the theme this year is “In the Forest”. I’m getting started now so she’ll have lots to choose from by the time the deadline rolls around (the auction will probably be in April, 2015).
Today’s painting is on gessoed mat board, my favorite. I found a package of 5×7 sized mat boards that I hadn’t opened yet, and I picked out four pieces to use for woodsy paintings.
It’s a nice time to paint the woods because I can’t go out there and walk around in it with my dog for the next month or two due to the overwhelming number of sand spurs out there. I’ve thought about putting something on her feet to protect her but it’s kind of pointless, really. Dogs need to feel what’s under their paws. So, since being in the woods can’t happen, painting the woods will do for now.
I downloaded a very helpful demo about painting trees and shrubs today from my favorite daily pastel painter, Karen Margulis. Only $6 and full of great tips and tricks to get the most out of your efforts. She’s amazing. I love her pastels and I’m a follower of her painting blog.