Hi everyone! Lately, I've really been making use of my collection of photographs of the Southwest. The adobe structures of Santa Fe, New Mexico make such appealing subject matter for painting. For Paint Party Friday, I have a new pastel painting for you.
16" x 20"
Soft Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord
Adobe architecture can be a challenge to paint because most of the buildings are of an unusual shape, with many different planes. The challenge comes in depicting them as three dimensional structures on a two-dimensional surface. Value and perspective are critical to success. For me, I find that perspective is one of the most difficult things to master.
With this painting, I had to present a building that was partially in deep shadow and partially in blinding sunlight. There were many places where the bright sunlight broke through the shadows cast by the trees. Most importantly, I wanted to create a sense of warmth. This painting was a good challenge for me on many levels.
Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be linking this post to Paint Party Friday and Pink Saturday. I posted last week, but my post was a few days late. If you would like to see more paintings from this series you can click here. I also introduced my new "studio assistant" and I shared what's been going on during my absence from blogland.
Until next time,