Establishing Time of Day in Paintings | Stan Sperlak Pastel Gallery

“I threw away my wristwatch when I learned to paint correctly,” says landscape pastelist Stan Sperlak. “My wall clocks were the next timepieces to go. They were no longer needed and were, in fact, becoming a distraction. This didn’t happen overnight; it occurred once I realized that I could use careful observation to determine time of day with my own eyes.”

When painting, Sperlak always tries to establish the light source—the sky—first, because he believes everything is affected by the quality of light.

The following gallery of pastel paintings showcases a small sampling of Sperlak’s seaside landscapes shown at various times of day. Read about the artist’s processes—and his pastel tips and techniques for understanding time of day, shadows and color temperature—and see more of his work in the August 2014 issue of Pastel Journal, available at www.northlightshop.com in print or digital format, and on newsstands July 15.

August Sunrise (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

August Sunrise (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

 

The Evening Dance (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

The Evening Dance (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

 

The Edge of Dusk (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

The Edge of Dusk (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midnight on the Cove (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

Midnight on the Cove (pastel) by Stan Sperlak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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