Thursday, 21 January 2016

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS - # 22 - SUNSET OVER THE BAY ACEO


SUNRISE OVER THE BAY ACEO

3.5" x 2.5" Fine Quality Water Colours and Pastel on Daler Rowney Pastel Paper
On auction for a limited time at the 30 paintings in 30 days special low start of $20



My ACEO ocean scenes always sell fast once they go to my gallery, so if you love it, now is the time.


It's been a while since I created ACEO for my collectors. This was inspired by a photo I took of a lovely pastel morning sunrise over the bay. The sun had risen through some misty clouds and it was now heating up and almost pulsating as I watched it rise. Very beautiful.

This is the start of my pastel adventure. I don't know why I'm hesitant to work in pastels, but I find I've learned a lot while mastering the difficult medium of acrylic and with my recent success with watercolor, its time to be fearless. I've done a lot of fearless things in my life, so I'm not going to let a few sticks of pressed pigment get in the way. Perhaps it's the mess and dirty hands that I don't like, or the the worry that they are too fragile, but it's not really that bad. 

I started with a watercolor under-painting in Cadmium Red which really helped me get in the flow. Part of my problem in the past is that I've been trying to paint with too small a set. Karen Margulis recommends travelling with a minimum of 75 well chosen half sticks, so this time I was prepared with 64 Boldmere soft pastels and a vintage set of 30 Grumbacher soft pastels. Then I chose the lightest blues and yellows in the sets for the sun and the water. In all I used less than 10 colours, but it was having the choice which was vital in the success of this piece. Even so I didn't have an orange to match the brilliance of the sun, but the light red stick I chose was a close substitute.

Karen, my mentor doesn't like to use fixative, and in many years mailing her works she has never had a complaint. She likes to pack them in Glassine and cellophane archival bags. So this little piece was popped straight into protection ready for matting or framing by the lucky purchaser. Perhaps I will do some demos with fixative at a later date, but at the moment I'm going to trust the master.
I just tapped the back to release any loose pieces and it looks perfect.

   
SHIPPING 16th MARCH 2016 OR LATER - SOME PAINTINGS AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DISPATCH FROM MY OUTLETS AS NOTED IN DESCRIPTION ON DAILY PAINTWORKS

Stay tuned for more new pastels for the 30 day challenge.

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