It’s been a long time since the last post because I tend to get behind on the photography end of things. If the paintings are small enough they are scanned.
It seems that the pastels have been neglected lately, so after thinking about it, the issue was with the bulkiness. So going back to another post where I had evaluated the colors used in a plein air painting by John Pierce Barnes [https://doreenelepore.com/2012/06/02/john-pierce-barnes/] I decided to expand on that selection of pastels yet keep it within this cigar box. The box is about 8″x10″x2″ deep. It’s lined with some foam that was laying around and there is another piece that lays on top to minimize the jiggling.
Here is the palette that seems to be working for me.
This is working out great for plein air because it’s much lighter to carry and an added bonus is that I don’t get mesmerized by too many colors to look through for the exact right stick. I’ve been using my old half julien easel that holds a few supplies like a travel watercolor box and some brushes.
Here are the paintings that are done with this palette.
This painting is a bit different for me – done in gouache on a panel called “Aquabord” made by Ampersand. I laid out my colors on a wet paper towel on my oil palette/easel so they wouldn’t dry out. Then I used both painting knives and brushes to paint. The nice thing about the gouache is that it can be reworked by rewetting, it dries fast and you can mix watercolors in if you are missing a color. Since painting this I’ve used just white gouache with my watercolors in my sketchbook and really like that effect too.
If you want to frame without glass you can coat with Renaissance wax, an archival sealer.
The location was Shadowood Farm in Palm City, Fl. Its an organic farm and everything is grown in raised beds. [Rabbit prevention] Next time I go there I’ll try to paint the garden but this time I couldn’t resist the pond.
There are many more Tuesday paintings that I haven’t photographed yet. But here are a few that have been just waiting to be shared. My computer was totally out of order for awhile, so I’m still trying to catch up.
These two plein air paintings of the St. Lucie River were done at the Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie, FL. One is smaller. I was on a huge boardwalk. Several other people painted from the giant size picnic pavillion. It was a breezy, pleasant day with jumping fish.