There's a distinct difference between summer and winter, and these two pastels of the same place show that. Our last big family vacation was up to Scotland and the Highlands several years ago. This past March my husband went back and retraced a number of the places we went. When he asked me what I wanted him to bring back, I answered "pictures." Lots and lots of pictures for me.
This is Glen Coe in August, full of lush greens and color. I pushed the color in this pastel, adding more yellow than in the photo. This painting is on a Savoir Faire pastel panel. I'm not sure where I picked this up, but it was the first time using it. It took watercolor well, and you can see I left a lot of watercolor sky showing. I decided after the underpainting dried I wanted it more vibrant so I grabbed a vivrant yellow and reddish purple to blend into the background.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this photo, soon after I started. And this one when I thought I'd about finished. While it was being framed, the tape holding the glassine stuck to the surface and ripped the panel, so I had my framer chop a couple inches off the left side and I went back to do a little revising. In the process, I shifted the colors to take a lot of the pink out. I'm off to take this back to get framed right now, so cross your fingers....
And this is the same place, this past March. There's a bit of snow on the mountains and everything's a shade of brown. The green is muted and the grasses have died back for the winter. This painting is on ArtSpectrum paper and you can see the reddish-brown color showing through. I did blend the sky in a bit to remove more of the background color.
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