Today I did another pastel landscape. But instead of using the tinted pastel paper I bought I opted to use watercolor paper, which is much heavier, and did an under painting in watercolor then applied the soft pastels. I find that the pastel papers are very thin and to me won’t hold up too well. I do plan to use them for small paintings and studies but I like a heavy paper for my work.
I love the way this painting came out. It was done from a travel photo from a trip out west in 2005. When I look at this piece I feel what I was feeling when I took the photo. The lake level was so low at that time and the colors revealed were beautiful. I took a photo of this painting instead of scanning as it is a bit larger than the glass on my scanner. Is was done on a piece of 9 x 12 140 lb watercolor paper.
I think I will continue to play around with the pastels for a few days. Tried a bit with the oil pastels to fix a painting I had already started with not much success.
Until next time……