Pastel of Autumn Morning Landscape Near Grand Tetons National Park

Autumn Landscape of the Mind (pastel 12 x 17) SOLD

This pastel is based loosely on a photo I took just east of Tetons National Park in Wyoming. The early morning light made the grass glow almost yellow against the darker hills. I drove my family slightly batty stopping the car over and over to take yet another picture of light on the hills. I was actually pleased when when had to wait twenty minutes twice for construction. I liked this view in particular because of the way the beckons you in.

But my pastel could hardly feel less like early Wyoming summer. It seems we’ve never quite gotten summer here in Oregon this year and my mind has moved right along to fall. So I went where my mind is, and left June behind, converting dying pines into turning foliage and taking the grass even further yellow. But I left the morning light.

Working on the rough side of peach colored Canson Mi-Teintes I used almost entirely soft pastels. Only the foreground grass went in in hard pastel. The shadows in the grass are more soft pastel.

The blues, greens and oranges came very naturally. I added a few hints of purple in the shadows to set of the yellow grass.

This painting has sold, but you may purchase a print through my gallery at Fine Art America.

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