30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 11 – Shadow Path

Shadow Path

I like this landscape a lot. It started out differently than any of my previous landscapes because I didn’t rub the color in until the very end and that was because I wasn’t happy with the way the painting was going.

I started out with a nice gesture drawing. I usually like my beginning sketch.

And then started filling in some other colors. I liked the background on this but the foreground and middle ground just weren’t cutting it.

By the time I got to this point, I wasn’t happy at all. The shadows on the path were competing with the tree trunks and it all just looked stripey and unnatural. I brushed all the color off in the front, except for the little tuft of grass on the left middleground.

I used a middle value warm blue and re-worked the whole middle of the painting, laying the strokes in loosely and trying to pay attention to the shapes and not what my head was trying to tell me ought to be there.

So, so much better. The happy accident in all this was how the foreground got much calmer because the brushing took away all that white mat board that was showing through the pastels, so a bonus. I think I may do this deliberately in the future when I come across a bright sky and a shadowed foreground.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve
Shadow Path, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia
pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve
Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia
pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve
Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia
pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve
Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia
pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve
Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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