|'Time for Quiet' 11x14 pastel|
But then I realized what I was doing wrong. I was DRAWING these man made things instead of PAINTING them.
They didn't look like they belonged in my painting because they didn't fit in with the rest of my marks. They were too detailed and called attention to themselves. I didn't really want that to happen because the painting was really about the landscape and not the man made things in them. This things were supposed to add flavor to the landscape but not dominate it.
|close up detail of distant buildings|
I discovered a trick for suggesting man made objects rather than rendering them in detail. All it took was a simple change in the way I held my pastel. I started using the pastel on it's side to make small marks to suggest things rather than using the point of the stick to draw them.
Look at the buildings in the close-up photos. They are just chunky marks made with the side of my pastel. I didn't draw them first. If I did I would have been tempted to color them in and add windows! They are in the distance so we wouldn't see the windows!
Be sure your suggested objects are in scale with the rest of the landscape. You don't want a house to tower over the trees!
|More suggested buildings|