The Pastel Journal

Landscape & Interior


Jeanne Rosier Smith

Sudbury, Mass., artist Jeanne Rosier Smith ( found the complexity of her subject in Celebration challenging. “For a large, detailed wave, a photo is essential, but equally essential are the hours spent outside with an easel, studying the moving waves.”

She also found the size to be a challenge. Starting with a reference photo, the artist first painted a 10x30-inch version. Though pleased, she felt the subject needed a larger format. Normally, she’d check with her gallery to make sure it could handle the larger size, but she didn’t, and going with her heart, Rosier Smith began work on the final version, which is twice as long and high as the original.

Using two easels to support a Gatorfoam board, to which she had dry-mounted UART 400 paper, she began with a block-in of blues, greens, purples and neutrals from Richeson and Mount Vision. After washing in the pastel with

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