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Pastel painting of wildflowers on a Breckland Heath

Posted On: Wednesday 11th July 2012
Summary: A plein air pastel painting 13"x19" of wildflowers in a Breckland part of Norfolk, UK

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Outdoor painting   Plein air   Pastels painting   Flowers   Painting trees   Painting tips   

pastel in brecklandThe sandy Breckland Heaths of Norfolk produce a distinctive range of wildflowers, and with all the rain we've been having, they are growing profusely: scabius, ox-eye daisy, clover, and Viper's Bugloss.

This was a quiet little dead-end road leading to a sand pit - so it was totally quiet. I had just come from Norwich where I had bought a few Schminke soft pastels and was keen to try them out, particularly the intense black. I used the black in the deep shadows on the right. It's really difficult to find a deep intense green pastel. I don't know why  - Unison's darkest are to same too - more black then green. Certainly lacking in saturation.
wildflower pastel painting
This pastel painting is 13"x19" and it was thoroughly enjoyable to try and represent the rich blue of  the Vipers Bugloss in the foreground without overworking the overall effect. As you can see, most of this was done on location and adjusted in the studio.


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