Friday, May 25, 2012
New Pastel: Bright Flow
A new pastel: Bright Flow, pastel on sanded paper, 8 x 14 1/2 inches
Also available as limited edition giclee print
I got to push off on this pastel. It's a line of trees that I'm familiar doing, but I never got this much glow and chroma going on before. I was aware of what was happening on the paper and kept adding power.
The tree on the right was a big problem. It was a dark mass and I kept trying to resolved it as a dark body. I finally ran out of reasonable options and just smashed in a bright yellow over the darks to make something, anything happen. I got an unexpected result of a delicate, transparent tree and with some added details, a convincing addition to the right side of this work.
On the lower left side I added the reds, subtracting red color with a blue overlay from the left to right. I debated toning down the far left red but elected to leave it exposed and ran more reds up into the line of trees. It screams a bit this way and I like the noise it makes. This will make a great path to a larger oil.
I did this during the Casey Klahn workshop recently in Denver. He had the room cookin' it that day! Did I tell you he is a dangerous character? :)
Perhaps you would like to attend my upcoming Ken Elliott oil and pastel workshop:
Making it Fine Art
A two-day workshop in Denver, Sat-Sun, July 21-22.
Two-day workshop: $225. per person Complete info
Also, there are plans for a 2012 Summer or Fall Houston, TX workshop as well. Please inquire