Shoot it, Sketch it: Stand in the place where you live

Stand – pastel on card, 295 x 205 mm, 2013

Stand – pastel on card, 295 x 205 mm, 2013

Redwoods – Hamurana Springs Reserve, 2013

Redwoods – Hamurana Springs Reserve, 2013

We encountered these exotic giants on our way to Hamurana Springs. The redwood grove was planted in 1919 and so the tallest tree is only 55 metres high ― they can grow up to 100 metres! Still a pretty good effort though. The painting was made using a ‘wet on dry’ technique: soft pastels were dipped in water and applied to card giving a kind of impasto effect.

Stand – showing the texture in more detail

Stand – showing the texture in more detail

14 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: Stand in the place where you live

    1. Anna Cull Post author

      I like the effect too. And you don’t end up with messy (and potentially harmful) pastel dust everywhere! Apparently soft pastels can also be used ‘dry on wet’ (on watercolour paper) — I haven’t tried that yet though…

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      1. Anna Cull Post author

        It’s not a stupid question… yes, they dry out and become ‘normal’ again. In fact it’s more of a trick to keep them wet!

  1. poppytump

    Both photo and painting are brilliant Anna . The wet pastel effect you use for the foliage works particularly well I think .

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  2. amywhitehousepaintings

    This is a beautiful painting and has a calming effect on the viewer. I love it!! I have some photos somewhere that echo this idea; have always thought I’d try painting this kind of perspective someday ~ you have inspired me to try!

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