Accept the things to which fate binds you,
and love the people with whom fate brings you together,
but do so with all your heart.
Staying with the theme of Antiquity (from my last post) I thought I'd share my most recent pastel.
This photo was taken in 2012, at the Roman Forum. I'd just been on the Palatine hill and the sun had begun to set as I made my way off the hill and through the Forum. They were trying to get everyone out but I managed to make my way into the House of the Vestals. Last time I had been there, there was so much excavation going on, you couldn't really see much, but from the other side of a chain.
Solution? Do a painting.
This was mounted, sanded, paper than can take water media. So ... I was covering the surface with water colors, to have a jumping off point for the pastels.
My little setup with my handmade Heilman box, below. It has a little metal easel that sticks into holes drilled into the box, to make it easier for working in plein air (outdoors) ... or in class.
Below, you can see I've started getting the trees, the background Roman structures and sky in, with pastels.
I like doing a pink underpainting in the sky with the watercolor and letting it show through when I go over it with pastel, especially for a painting that's during "magic hour." You can see I've started defining some of the stone of the reflecting pool, as well as some of the other greenery.
Going more into the stonework, and getting the mossy feel, as well as a bit of a reflection ...
And finally, into the statuary ... I kept the ones in the distance softer and more loose.
And here it is! I am going to lighten the lower left corner slightly so it doesn't match so much with the right ... but there you have it!
House of the Vestals
Pastel on sanded board
For my photographic post of that magic hour I spent at the House of the Vestals and Roman Forum click here.
For the Palatine Hill, click here.
For the pastel demo of The Baths of Caracalla, click here.
When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-