Tuesday, January 6, 2015

30 Paintings in January 2015 - Country Charm Oil Pastel

Oil Pastel, 5x7"

Interesting thing about the 30 in 30...you find out things like:


Who really cares if you remember to eat?

Who really cares enough if you remember to eat that he suggests pouring cashews into your mouth while you continue painting?

Any of you have anything like that going on in your life?  Must be hard to be the spouse of an artist during the 30 in 30!

OK, About the Painting!


I learned SO MUCH from painting this one.  I taped out a white border around it, and the parts in this image that are white (at the bottom) are where the tape pulled off some of the paper when I removed it.  I kind of like it though, and it looks better when you can see the white border.  

For some reason, with oil pastel, I really like seeing some of the white edges showing into the image (rough edges), maybe because the oil pastel is so thick, it brings some lightness in.  Not to mention, Wolf Kahn himself often left white showing around the edges of his pastel paintings (did you miss the quotes from his book Pastel that I mentioned in yesterday's post?).

I have to admit, I resorted to adding in some of my old friends, the trusty colored pencil, to this one...

Happy Painting, everyone!    

11 comments:

Jules said...

There's a lovely soft feel to this one Meredith, like an early morning in the countryside.
I too, like the white bits showing and do the same with my soft pastel paintings.

love the idea of your cashew dispenser...yes eating isn't high on my agenda, either! Neither is going to the bathroom! My shed cum studio is at the bottom o f the garden!
Jules

carol edan said...

I think you have found your medium.... love your work in oil pastels.... you might also like the wax crayons Caran d'ache... neocolor I. They are expensive but since you can buy open stock ans choose the colors .... This is really charming!!!!

Susan said...

I do love your painting Meredith and agree with your decision to leave the white. Well you have a loving spouse if he is willing to pour cashews into your mouth.
Very sweet of him.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Jules...I see you can relate to the "painting energy" happening around here.

Thanks, Carol, and I actually have a few of those Neocolor Crayons a friend gave me a long time ago. I'll have to dig those out.

Thanks, Susan, and yes, he's very supportive!!

EA said...

Again a beautiful picture. Thank you to my daughter's supportive spouse.

Jerry Stocks said...

Love the cashew part. This is indeed a very lovely painting.

Sandra Kavanaugh said...

I like this one a lot, serene, a place I'd like to be. I really liked your comments about it. When I give a painting to someone I know in real life I sometimes want it back so I can fix it. I did not do the challenge this time but I am enjoying following it. I have not been painting as much as I would like. This winter has been so gray - nothing inspires me.

Sharon L. Graves said...

love the colors here too, but yesterdays is still speaking to me.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Jerry, Sandra and Sharon...wow, I am TIREd, too tired for individual responses to your comments right now...still need to scan, process, and blog my next painting...and sleep...sleep well, friends...

Laurel Lovrek said...

The greeny blue sky works weil with the yellow green field and brings out the subtle pinks in the tree line.

Not what was intended but I like the colors of the image.

Sleep well.

Fay Terry said...

This painting has lots of charm, I really like your composition and the soft colors. You are on a roll-have fun!

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