Tweaking the Nest

A thought was murmuring in the back of my mind, but I was ignoring it. When a friend visited, she brought it to the surface.

“The nest doesn’t really show up.” she queried about my pastel of the osprey nest.

“No,” I replied unconcerned.

A day later the thought about my nest is now front and center. If I COULD, how would I highlight it against the deep Ultramarine cloud without it being garish

Pondering, I continued painting other canvases. Could I lighten the cloud? No that won’t work. The intense Ultramarine Blue cloud is what gives the whole painting depth.

Could I highlight the nest? No way, the nest is is shadowed by the cloud. It isn’t out on the point in the light. It’s at the back of the cove, sheltered and safe.

What if I scratch an orange line on the underside of the nest? Can I do it right the first time without messing up the whole painting? Maybe.

Tweaking the Nest

Scanning the pastel palette, I found a gold pastel with a sharp edge. Carefully I rolled it down the left side of the nest and pole. Then added one more mark at the top of the nest ~ just a spark of light reflected up from the sand.

Feeling the light on the beach, I ran the same pastel gently across the shadow side of the sand. Then found a pink highlight and touched it softly just in front of the nest.

Stepping back I found a soft blue pastel for a soft atmospheric mist behind the nest. Careful not to disturb the deep blues, I touched it only on one side.

Now I must say that all of the symbolism of the nest is not lost on me. I get it, or at least I think I do. I am a shy person. My nest is my studio and this website. Tweaking it is what I do. Shining a light on myself is not comfortable. Much better to let light from the landscape around me reflect on my nest.

And my friend? Oh she lives in a tree house!

Coastal landscape pastel painting
The Nest, pastel, 9 x 12, Purchase this painting>

Now if you want to delve deeper, ask yourself about the osprey. What does she do in her nest? What does she symbolize?

By the way, I’m finishing up on “Coming to the River, CreativSOUP.” This painting will be in that book!

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