Sunday, September 19, 2010

Paula Red

Each fall, I visit Mainely Apples here in Dixmont to pick apples and savor the sights and smells of the orchard. The owners, John and Elaine Olsen, generously allow me to wander among the trees with my camera. I come away with crisp hand picked apples, cider, a taste of fall...and lots of reference photos. I painted this beauty first in pastels...
Soft pastel, 12" x 12", $150+ shipping
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...and then in oils. Though I love the detail I can achieve with my pastels, I'm relishing the looseness and expressive brushstrokes of the oils. Such fun to compare the two media.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with display easel) + shipping
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Stephanie Berry said...

I like them both. It must be interesting bouncing between both mediums.

Brenda Ferguson said...

Thanks Stephanie. Working back and forth with the same image and two different media has allowed me to eliminate all the other variables except medium and see what I can do with each. I'm enjoying it!

Kathy Mallat said...

I've always admired the textural quality and details of your pastel paintings...but those big strokes in oil are just as intriguing. Great approach with each, Bren!

Angeli Perrow said...

I love both of your paintings, but the pastel has such wonderful texture, crisp edges and colors. Plus it looks real and inviting enough to pluck off the tree and eat!
Happy painting!

Nancy Goldman said...

Both of these paintings are beautiful but to me, the pastels are much more expressive and loose. It just glows.