Like I mentioned in my first post on the blog. Sometimes it's just good to break out of whatever routine you find yourself in while painting be it subject matter, materials that you're used to, or in the way you work. Seems like I usually prefer a more square format (8x10, 10x12, 20x24, 30x36, etc.) for my paintings. That hit me one day as being too routine a compositional format, one that I 'always' rely on. So lately I've been paintng these 1:2 or 1:3 ratio paintings and pastels. It's very refreshing and I plan to do more of these. I think one of the things that strikes me most about this kind of a format is that it feels peaceful and restful to do and to view.
A Place For Meditation - pastel - 10x20
Moist Autumn Air - pastel - 8x24