New insanity

I’ve committed to 30 landscape paintings in the next 30 days. Crazy? Probably. But I can’t help it. I went to this amazing workshop over the past weekend (Nov. 6-8, 2015) with Tom Christopher and it just made me want to paint some trees!

Demo painting by Tom Christopher.
Demo painting by Tom Christopher.

Here’s one of the many demos that he did for the class. He has an awesome process, which we all promised not to divulge, because, hey, the man has to make a living, right? Anyway, I came away inspired to do more woods scapes.

I have to confess, I miss being out in the woods. I used to go every day. Now that we’re down to one car, it just doesn’t happen that often. At least with this series I can revisit some of my favorite places to be through my pastels.

This one is the spot in the trail where I always stop to let the dogs have a good sniff around and decide which way I’m going to go. I have two choices. Straight, which goes toward the creek, or right, which can be a 2-, 4-, or 6-mile long loop. I love stopping here because the sun is slanting through a big stand of pines and the path is a big red swipe that disappears to the right. It’s always a little different every time and always beautiful.

pastel painting of a stand of pines
First Curve, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board.

First Curve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board. First Curve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board. First Curve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board.

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