Designing a Landscape

I thought oil pastel might be useful for designing a landscape to be painted on a larger scale. For working out composition and color issues. I’m also hoping the painting might pick up some of the rhythm and movement from the marks in the pastel.

Brown paper is a good neutral for landscapes, like the dirt is already present underneath. I drew rough line in umber oil pastel of my landscape.

Next I faintly blocked in the midrange tones for the composition, deliberately not committing to any bold marks at this point. Tomorrow I will put in the bold marks and post the final if all goes well.

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