Terry Ludwig Intense Darks

I’m working on a piece that requires some really dark values.  Deep, rich, earthy, aged, and vibrant are words that come to mind.  I ordered a complete set of Terry Ludwig Intense Darks after trying out a few during a class.

They arrived yesterday and Intense they are!

Terry Ludwig Pastels - Intense Darks
Terry Ludwig Pastels – Intense Darks

Not only are the intense, but they are dark.  Perfect for deep shadows, layering, blending and developing form in objects and landscape.  I’m not sure how often I’ll use the super bright reds and oranges on the left, but the purples, greens blues and earth tones will be perfect for strong Colorado Landscapes.

They are powdery, yet firm.  Intense and dark and vibrant.  I played with them for a few minutes, mostly gazing at the intensity and looking for the subtle variations in some of the blues and greys.

This is going to be fun.

Mallard’s Playground

Mallard's Playground © Nelia Harper
Mallard’s Playground © Nelia Harper

This little pond is on the way to one of my favorite hiking spots. In the fall, the golden leaves of the trees glow, especially against the backdrop of a crisp, blue sky.  I can almost smell the dirt and water.  Last fall, I planned to create this painting.  I started it several weeks ago and then set it aside while I searched for the right yellow.  I finally picked up some bright yellow, pastel that makes the trees shine.

My goal was to capture the crisp feeling of fall in Colorado as the trees blaze orange and yellow against the bright blue sky.

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