the vast Deserts, the New Mexico Landscape or the East or West Coasts, you never run out of subject matter!
A passionate 'environment' painter, Clive Tyler paints outdoors as much as possible, en plein air, immersing himself in his locales, re-creating the experience of place. Using pastels, he paints in a classical oil painting style, layering colors on a sanded, German pastel paper. Traveling with a wide range of rich colors, his 'on location' paintings are just as vibrant and full of light as his large studio work.
Clive often paints in a series as an effective way of representing the environments he's visited and painted in. His larger studio works are based on his plein air painting experiences.
The soft pastel sticks Clive uses are the French brand, Sennelier. It's a dry form of pigment/paint. Pastel is made of pure pigment or ore and stone so the colors glow with a luminous feeling. Clive places color loosely, enjoys under painting, and uses edges and emotional strokes in his painting. Up close the paintings take on an abstract feeling but from 10 feet away it looks like your looking through a window to the world outside.
The 2nd image shows the beginning of his underpainting
In Clive's words:
"I'm painting the experience, not a reproduction of the view. I want to have the viewer want to step into the painting, look around the corner, feel like they are looking up at the aspens, sense a feeling of the time, feel the temperature of the day, hear the sounds of leaves and thunder in the distant storm.
Through color harmony, pastel pigment, texture, and a strong concept with good design and composition, I convey this to the viewer and evoke some memories or desires."