'Rapture & Serenity' 11x13" Soft Pastels on Wallis Museum Grade Paper
As you might expect, the photo darks were very dark, near black, but I knew they were not quite as inky as they appeared. There was a ‘smokiness’ to those darks in the real garden. As I prepared to paint I considered two conflicting strings of painterly advice I had picked up:
- “Students go too dark too soon. It’s a common problem.”
- “In pastels, if you don’t get your darks ‘dark enough’ early, there’s really no going back to fix it late in the game.”
I renamed this piece and post 'Rapture and Serenity' after cropping it hard on the left and studying it some more. I just couldn't escape the sensation of 'standing in the presence of God.' Here it is cropped and framed for printing on greeting card stock.