The Stone Wall – Columbia Gorge, Oregon

There are times when the spark of the moment can’t be captured easily in oil or pastel.
This scene was photographed while walking along a rugged path that was protected by a stone wall somewhere in the Columbia Gorge scenic area in Oregon.
I wish I could have captured it on site as I had my oils with me, but I knew the flickering light would be gone as soon as I set up my easel and picked up some color on my brush.I had to content myself with trying to re-create the scene in the studio. This picture was completed in pastels which was new to me at the time.  I realized how difficult this might scene would be for me to do in oils due to the thousands of “points” of light that had to be captured.I was happy with the results. Using canned spray fix in some areas (the darker values) shot through a hole in some card stock helped me to “tone down” key areas at the edges of the painting. he highlights were done with pastel pencils crushing the color into the Wallis board. a number of soft stick pastels were used for some of broader highlights in
certain areas.  Pastels are a fun medium – but oils still rule in my studio.
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2 Responses to “The Stone Wall – Columbia Gorge, Oregon”

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous. I had to take some time to figure out if it was a touched up photo. Happy Holidays and keep all the great work.

    All the best,
    Michael Orwick

    Orwick Arts
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  2. Oh, Michael…a touched up photo?? Am I getting that picky pic pic?
    I will have to loosen up on the pastels also. I think I am there with the oils and usually one will carry over to the other. I will see if I can roughen up the next pastel I post on the blog. Keep me tuned it. I will try and do one a week.

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