|"Lilac Breezes" 11 x 14 pastel|
We had a paint-out the day after a storm and I think I was the only one that showed up (that I saw anyway). It was a quiet morning with no wind (we can have horrible wind here sometimes when storms are blowing in). But, it was very cold in the shade!
I began my painting of lilacs with watercolor on a white PastelBord.
Then I went back out and began to apply pastel. I picked some blossoms and leaves so I could match colors and see the structure better. I did not want to do too much detail, but I didn't want them to look like cones of cotton candy either!
So I began to block in the pastel with the lightest lights and the darkest darks and joining areas of colors in abstract shapes. It was a lot of fun. The tips of the blooms have reddish buds which add interesting textures.
This location is the arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, NV. There were other flowering trees and it was tempting to paint them too. But, the fragrance of the lilac is very enticing to park next to! Even so, my hands got quite cold so I brought my blooms home for reference and did the finishing touches in the studio.