Sunlit Trail 10x8

"Sunlit Trail" 10x8"

Went out today in beautiful 72 degree weather with my sunhat and easel. I had been here before, remembering the strong compositional lines of the fence and pathway, so I decided today would be the day to paint it! Sometimes, when I'm out in nature, I see things differently~sometimes taking my hands and making a box to view through and judging by the view remembering if it's a place I want to come back to or not. This scene is at the Tadpole pond located at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton. Just outside the hustle and bustle of the city streets is this little bit of paradise, full of wild living creatures. I even saw a snake on the way back to the car. How cool is that!


Blogger Donna T said...

That's beautiful, Brenda! I love those lavender shadows on the path. The fence rail just draws you right along that path. Are you doing any kind of underpainting when you do plein air?

6/20/08, 4:43 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Donna,
No, I didn't have anything to underpaint with! I missed not having my sprayer and brush to make an underpainting, but instead I just blocked in the color first, then did the rest from there...

6/20/08, 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your site and come back to it daily to look at your wonderful work. I have just started "tinkering" with pastels, and your work provides inspiration, although I don't think I'll ever be at your level.
One question about the last two works you posted: How long did it take to complete each? I know that's not supposed to matter in art, but I'm just curious. Also, what brands of pastels and what paper are you using?

6/20/08, 12:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very cool, except for the snake part :-(

I am plein air painting vicariously through your posts :-)

6/20/08, 1:21 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

This piece took me about 1 1/2 hours to paint. Remember, it's a small painting too, only 10 x 8". Peony View took me about 2 hours. Maybe more with all the little breaks I took to visit with the other artists. We were out there for a long while too, being that it was so gorgeous outside! Thank God I'm alive to do this and enjoy it!

6/20/08, 3:05 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Cindy,
You need to try the plein-air experience!

Phil, I forgot to tell you that I use my own hand rolled pastels that I rolled, but I have of recent purchased some Terry Ludwigs and I also have a few Schminke's as well hangin' around the studio. In the summer months, I take the time to go out to the patio and roll a few new colors to add to my palette.

6/20/08, 8:44 PM  

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