I’ve always found painting trees quite difficult. Or should I say I’ve never had the patience to sit down and deeply study them. So when this commission came through the door I was both glad and terrified. I do like a challenge though!
This was done from the client’s photographs. The male and the dog were taken from different photos but in the same settings. I loved the dappled shadows on this very famous Northern Ireland road called ‘The Dark Hedges’. Not very dark on a day like this though…
|The finished painting 24″x16″ pastel on velour|
|Starting with what is furthest away which is the background
landscape. It also lets me see the outline of the branches now.
|Continuing down that left side|
|Using some pastel pencils at this point to help with the smaller details|
|Most of the trees were done using Unison pastels. Although
they’re big, they wear down into useful sizes and you can
break them to get sharp edges.
|I’ve done everything apart from the client and their dog who
feature in the picture. I may even tape a sheet of A4 paper
onto the edge of the drawing board and cover the painting
where I might need to lean. But it’s a delicate operation!
|Small close up showing the colours in the trees|
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