Abstract Landscape ~ Rite of Spring

abstract landscape pastel

Today I used a pastel to untangle some problems I was having with an oil painting. I’d started with a plein air painting of tulips from three years ago. Rather that paint back into the older painting, I decided to create a new one based on what I liked about it.

Abstract Landscape Pastel ~ Rite of Spring  

abstract landscape pastel
Rite of Spring, pastel, 8 x 10, PURCHASE INFO>

I liked the tulips, but not the palette. So I was referring to another painting for my palette. I was also changing the design from a square to a horizontal rectangle.

I jumped in and blocked it in. A week later I was stymied.

Being lost in a garden is not all bad. I liked what happened with the landscape from yesterday when I used pastel to open the door, so I decided to try it with the garden.

My garden painting had a strong vertical shaft of greenery connecting a patch of tulips to the top. In the pastel, this element disappeared completely!

While the pastel is decidedly more abstract than the oil, I like the way the hillside blends into the golden sky. I can’t wait to see where this goes with oil paint!

By the way, I am painting for a show at Stewart Gallery in Gloucester. It will open May 6. The reception is from 4pm – 8pm. I hope you’ll come out and see these paintings in person!

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

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