Friday, January 18, 2008

Snow !

Inspired by Bill, I recently started to pick up pastel, trying to learn the nature of the medium. I'm using what i had in hand, some left over hard pastel, and some 'sticky' pastel, and some new soft pastel Bill introduced me to.
I found all different pastels can serve different functions. Like, soft pastel is easier to mix colors and blend, and sticky ones are good for strong high light or texture surfaces, then, the hard pastels can do good sharp edges and accents of shadows... It's kinda fun to experiment with different pastels, like having a set of different sized and hairs of brushes...
Here are a few sketches I've made during a short weekend trip to Tahoe, I wanted to try out painting snow!
which is a subject that I'm not so familiar with and didn't grew up with. the whole time I was so fascinated with the bright, high key colors of snow,
and some odd funny sceneries, like cars buried in deep snow, or grand scale of ski runs on the hills...


7 comments:

Mike Dutton said...

Wow Jennifer. Beautiful colors! Looks like you had a lot of fun in the snow and with your pastels. :)

dicet said...

beautuful!
learning from the master made a huge difference huh!? I love the 3rd one the most. Amazing work!

Early Bird Show next month will be the best ever!

d

Bill Cone said...

Proof that snow is more than white!
The range of greens in the trees, and especially the value and hue shifts in the snow are handled well. Thanks for posting these.

Eduardo Pacheco said...

These really are nice, Jennifer. Cool use of pastels here. Keep it up. :)

Casey Klahn said...

Good stuff. I love the perspective of the last one!

JMahorney said...

I think these are amazing pastels. Solid values and composition. This makes me want to try picking up my pastel sticks again. :)

Germán said...

these are gorgeous! Beautiful tones & values