Monday, March 3, 2008

Winter Interior

I wanted to try out some panels a new manufacturer had sent me. The panels, made by R-tis-tx in Texas (, are suitable for any medium that doesn't involve acetone or alcohol. The surface feels like gesso with a light peppering of pumice. I did the following pastel on it, and I enjoyed the way the pastels responded to the surface. (I used a light application of Polychromos pastels followed by Mount Vision pastels. I'll try an oil painting on these panels next.)

"Winter Interior"

9x12, pastel, de la fenĂȘtre

I don't normally "do" interiors, but Trina asked. As it was a very cold day with several inches of new snow, I was more than happy to sit in the breakfast nook with a cup of hot tea and paint.

The colors and the contrasts are what really excited me about this scene. I loved the violets in the distant, shadowed woods and the way some of that color bounced down onto the red placemats. I also loved the interior walls, which looked full of green shadow. Although the table is green, the walls aren't. The violet, complement to green, made them appear so thanks to simultaneous contrast.


Anonymous said...

I can't stop admiring this painting. I absolutely love it.

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Thank you!