Pastel Landscape Painting 101 | Charles Basham’s 3 Tips for Painting Skies

Charles Basham takes his pastel color choices to the saturated extreme in his landscape painting. His focus on light as his primary subject means he approaches his landscapes as an abstract painter might. “I try to deal with space alone and not the subject matter,” he says. The sky is often one of the largest spaces in his compositions. The artist offers these tips:

3 Tips for Painting Skies in Pastel

1. Approach the sky as you would the field. Think of the clouds as having volume.
2. Atmospheric perspective applies to the sky just as it does to the land. The top of the painting is the foreground of the sky, and any clouds there should be more three-dimensional.
3. Recognize the difference in temperature of morning light (warm) and evening light (cool), but be open. Feel free to invent and reimagine.

Enjoy this sample of his landscape painting in pastel, and learn more about his work in the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, available at www.northlightshop.com and on newsstands May 12.

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Flood Plain (pastel, 22½x30) by Charles Basham | landscape painting

Flood Plain (pastel, 22½x30) by Charles Basham

 

Early Evening in Red (pastel, 21¼x30) by Charles Basham | landscape painting

Early Evening in Red (pastel, 21¼x30) by Charles Basham

 

Weight of the Sky (pastel, 10¾x13¾) by Charles Basham | landscape painting

Weight of the Sky (pastel, 10¾x13¾) by Charles Basham

 

View of Mt. Pisgah, South of Asheville (pastel, 18½x26½) by Charles Basham | landscape painting

View of Mt. Pisgah, South of Asheville (pastel, 18½x26½) by Charles Basham

 

 

 

 


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