It’s February, almost time for the poppies to begin blooming in the Merced River canyon along Highway 140. Two years ago the poppies were phenomenal…I think it was 2 years ago. This week I painted two new miniature pastel paintings, both 4 inch square. The first one is of a poppy covered canyon hillside, along the Merced River.
Beginning layers. I first lightly sketched the scene in red pastel pencil. I save scraps of photo paper when I make a mistake printing or don’t need an entire sheet of paper. These are handy for printing little photographs for guides when painting.
The finished painting, 4” x4”.
The second 4” x 4” painting. I did not print out a photograph to use for this painting. I simply looked at my photograph on the computer….full screen. This scene was of the last fading light casting warm tones on a hillside.