The Nest ~ Pastel and Oil Landscapes

coastal landscape painting

Now I’d started a painting with this cloud. But it didn’t come to life until I did this pastel.

coastal landscape painting pastel
The Nest, pastel on Ingres paper, 9″ x 12″ 

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The Nest ~ Pastel and Oil Landscapes

Once I had my pastel in hand, I could easily see and feel the vibrancy needed to complete the oil painting.

Thumb-tacked to the adjacent easel, the pastel helped me find the colors on my oil palette. This freed me from thinking too much. Using a palette knife, exuberant strokes blend together on the canvas.

Pastel is mixed on the paper as it is dragged through colors already in place. Palette knife is similar. Roughly blending on the canvas keeps the painting fresh, the calligraphy authentic.

palette knife oil painting
The Nest, oil on gallery wrap canvas, 20 x 24, 

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Experimenter, gardener, grandmother … Dorothy Fagan plays with creativity, dreams, and paint every day.