“Woodlands” is my experimental watercolor forest.
Soft and cool, the blue greens harmonise with prussian blue in the shadow depths. Hints of lilac, lime and mint filter through the canopy. Creating a lovely Woodland retreat.
The original image was done plein air while hiking, in a small notepad.
I felt that the watercolor foundation was just a little too flat.
The “snippet” shown, I’ve cropped to highlight its assets. It doesn’t look too awful here, but the background was pretty bad. Very very dull and flat. I do like the tree here.
It lacked sufficient depth.
It needed life and a lot more Texture.
I chose to use oil pastels to create some rough textures over the watercolor foundation.
I was trying to be careful not to overwhelm and cover up my beautiful whispers of lilac, mint, dove greys in the forest woodland.
I liked those!
I really do love the textural effects the oil pastels gave.
These pastels may not have been the perfect choice for this. I’d like to have softened and blended them a lot more.
I could have chose soft pastels which are so easy to blend and soften; but, no. I went for the Challenge.
- I enjoyed the physical act of painting and creating.
- I always paint…. because I like to see what the colors will do.
- And I always learn something new. Every time I create. Whether the painting is a flat out dud, or a super star.
Thats my real goal: learn something new today!
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