Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mighty Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Trees are trees I have enjoyed most of my life in Southern California.  
They are trees with beautiful bark and tall, graceful profiles.  They are the mighty giants I remember that divided large parcels of land.  It was tricky putting a big tree in a small place.  Working small is a challenge for me in pastel.  Mainly because I like to work with chunks of chalk.  Working that way makes it difficult to be exact and supports my impressionistic style.  I am just loving color right now.  This is a 6x6 painting in soft pastel on Uart sanded paper with a compliment under painting.  I have been having fun paint with pigment as a foundation to apply pastel.  Sometimes the paint shows through and other times I cover it up.  I am okay either way.  

5 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

ah-ha. I wondered how you got the depth in there. Paint under pastel! Very creative! This is so beautiful!

Virginia Floyd said...

Really beautiful subject and execution! Love the depth of the shadows.

Joann said...

It might be small, but you've got the impressionistic feel to this painting. Do you use watercolor or acrylic as an under painting? It's beautiful!

Marian Fortunati said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS colors in this Eucalyptus!!! WOW...

Susan E. Roden said...

Really enjoying your pastels Dori! Love the loose stroking.
Using oil or acrylic underpainting? Some use watercolors too.