Saturday, June 18, 2011

Opals of the Desert 16 x 20 Pastel

Painting this was absolute fun.   Black mat suede board provides a rich background for the jeweled colors of the desert flowers so prevalent in Arizona every spring.   People stop and stare in awe and they take cameras on long walks with the hope of seeing these desert beauties.  The flowers usually stay in bloom only a day or two, so to get a photograph at the right time in the right light is considered a treasure by artists and photographers alike.   Pan pastels were used for this painting with the smallest applicators.  They were new to me at the time but I loved using them in this particular painting.   Unison pastels were also used at times to lighten and/or brighten certain areas.                                                                                                                                                    

1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful and what a great title. I was so lucky to be able to photo these on a couple of occasions but somehow never got to painting them. They truly are like opals with their warm range of colors.