Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Wind

This is an experiment I wanted to try, representing strong wind in a portrait painting. It's based on a photo of my brothers girlfriend taken while they were visiting the Falklands last year, on a very windy day (50+ knots). Soft pastels on 30X40 beige pastelmat. 


 Rough sketch of the idea in neocolour crayon


Finished pastel painting.
I'm finding it interesting that as my painting develop I'm tending towards a post impressionist style, it's not intentional, just seems to be the way I 'need' to go.

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful movement and vitality in this one, Benco. I'm loving watching your style evolve; the brush strokes becoming more broken and that Benco controlled randomness is becoming a trademark ;-)

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  2. Love this painting. Full of vitality. I can feel the wind in my face. Reminds me of Van Gogh. Thank you for sharing the stages of your process.

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  3. there is great movement in here i agree. Nice. reminds me of Munch. your pastel work is outstanding.

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  4. Thank you all for your kind comments, trying to put in the feelng of strength and movement of the wind was something completely new for me and I really wasn't sure about it coming across or not. It's great to hear such compliments from other artists, cheers.

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  5. I love the initial sketch - the swirls of colour really grab me :-)

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  6. Thanks Kerrio

    It's yours for a toosand poonds!

    seriously, you can have the sketch if you want, it's just a wee doodle.

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