Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Pastel Paintings | 0 comments

Fall colors and landscape paintings have always been one of my favorite topics. This landscape painting shows a forest scene with a river in the fall season.

I used a variety of different pastels to create the painting: Unison, Great American and Mount Vision pastels. I have recently discovered the Mount Vision brand and enjoy working with these sticks. Mount Vision has a drier texture and feel similar to Unison pastels. The sticks are also larger than most other brands and therefore a great value.

soft pastel landscape painting

With any landscape painting it is important to create the illusion of depth or distance. This can be achieved by accurately showing perspective, making objects softer and lighter in value as it recedes, and also cooling off the color tone as objects recede towards the horizon.

Soft pastel demonstration

This painting breaks the rules somewhat since I depicted my light source as a warm and bright color tone. Other ways to create distance is by pushing objects to the back and pulling others to the front.
One example is the branch with leaves on the left of the painting.

Soft pastel demonstration

Notice the bright orange leaves(lighter in value) against the dark green background(darker in value).
The painting was done on Ampersand board.

soft pastel landscape painting