Saturday, June 20, 2015

INVENTING THE LANDSCAPE

During my recent workshop in New Braunfels, Texas, I showed my students how to create multiple landscapes from one photo reference... Pastels are perfect for these quick studies that sometimes turn into masterpieces! I sometimes don't know what I have until I step back 20 feet... I was working on "Indian Camp Melody" as a demo and kind of struggling with it, until one of my students said... Jen, step back here (12 feet away) and look at it. I stepped back and it came alive!  Always remember to step away from your work and also to take a break from it... Come back in a couple hours... Your muse may just put the finishing touches on it while you're away!   All images © Jen Evenhus
SEE THE PHOTO REFERENCE BELOW


"Dusk On Wild Turkey Road" © Jen Evenhus 



"Fresh Snow On Tyee Loop" © Jen Evenhus 



"Indian Camp Melody" © Jen Evenhus 



"Full Moon On Wolf Draw" © Jen Evenhus 

 This photo reference is under strict copyright and is only to be used in my workshops. Students and others may not use it as their reference outside the classroom.

4 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

LOVE these! I like the last one the BEST!

Dabblerteer said...

-Beautiful, very beautiful, pieces. They're strong, bold, and energetic. The compositions and contrasts are spot on.
-I'm debating whether or not I'd like to see the reference photo to get an insight as to how it influenced the images.
-If you are inclined to do so, perhaps you could post the sizes of the pastel paintings.

Jen Evenhus said...

Thank you for the comments - I have posted the reference photo. These small paintings are 6"x4.5" all done on one sheet of 12x9" UArt Sandpaper

Jen Evenhus said...

Thanks Sue!