I spend a lot of time at the Parker River Wildlife Reserve in Plum Island MA. I occasionally paint there with a friend but also take many reference photos to get me through the long cold New England winters.
It is snowing now but I am in my cozy (small) studio and will begin a still life.
I did this at a workshop with Robert Carsten, a Master pastelist, hosted by the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. I have taken quite a few workshops with Robert and he is an amazing teacher. It was a wonderful day.
This is the third version of my marsh scene painted in the Robert Carsten workshop and I like this one the best. When I attend a workshop I want to try everything the presenter has to offer. In his demo Robert first covered his paper with 7 layers of pastel, yes 7! At first the colors and values did not matter. After about 5 layers he started smoothing them together and the last 2 layers were consistent with the scene. The image painted on top becomes muted and atmospheric.
I have been painting both in oils and pastels but not blogging or posting on facebook for a while. Hopefully I will catch up, review my goals for the year and think about goals for next year.