I love the first interpretation of a scene when I'm working out the color and composition for a larger painting. Colors and shapes are experimental, less contrived than in a larger, 'finished' piece. Detail is minimal because the studies are usually quite small though this one is larger than most at 7.75 x 7.5 inches.
At top are the three steps in creating this little study, beginning with an oil paint wash. Next, the darkest and lightest pastel colors are added. Favorite parts of this one are the spontaneous, random branches and indication of leaves of the trees. This painting is sold.
Barbara lives in Washington State, USA. She is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of America. Barbara was recently honored as a Master Circle Member in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is a juried member of Women Painters of Washington since 1998, Charter Member, Signature Member and past President of the Colored Pencil Society of America.