|11 x 14 pastel on board|
We've had yucky weather for days and days - high winds - 35-55mph. Drizzles, clouds, cold. Good time to hole-up in the studio.
I so much enjoy a white surface to start with - to watercolor an underpainting first, and then pastel over it. But ... I had purchased two PastelBords 2 years ago in a buff-ochre-ish color. I was getting low on my stash, so I thought I'd try it here. Oh my gosh, things really went awry for me ... I don't know why. This painting was a struggle from the get go.
Rather than get all mad about it, I just figured it was a "practice session" and a chance to push myself in many ways. I want to do more pond scenes so this was a good one to practice reflections, values, warms and cools, trying to get different greens in there to make sense, and the most difficult for me .... the shore where grass was growing.
It was a good exercise and I think I learned a bit.