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Monday, April 8, 2013

"Transcending Into Spring" pastel painting

9 x 12 pastel

This painting began plein air.  I began with a watercolor underpainting and then began to pastel over it.  At home, I continued painting, layer upon layer....using workable fixative between each layer.

This is a portion of Little Washoe Lake where the willows and marshes are.  The grasses were just beginning to poke up through the old dead, flattened grasses and the red stick willows were fading to a softer color.  I'll have to go back in a week or two and I bet the colors will be very different now that Spring is warming the air a little bit here in the high desert.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Down By The Pond" pastel painting

12 x 9 pastel on panel

This painting has been re-worked!

It was horizontal before - 2 blog posts past -

I decided to hose it off in the backyard and start over!  The first attempt prepared me for this second one.  I have to admit - I haven't painted a green landscape very much!