Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The quiet stillness of painting in the early morning

Beach Grass/pastel/9x7
To continue yesterday's theme of paths and trails, here are a couple paintings done en plein air during a visit to Long Beach, Washington, in January. We went there only because we had a Groupon, and I have to say that I'll go back if I get a chance as it was a pretty nifty place that had a kite museum, a huge bronze statue of a sturgeon, and a crab festival, just to mention a few attractions.

I got up early when it was very cold and frosty and went out on the boardwalk with some Prismacolors (pretty indestructible while traveling) and a tablet of Pastelmat. When I found a couple scenes I liked, I painted standing up as there was too much frost on the benches to sit down. The palette is unusual for me, as well as the subject matter. I had fun and really like the result! What do you
All Trails Lead to the Ocean/pastel/7/9
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