Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pastel - Lake Erie Marsh

Experimenting. This is a photo from my friend Cindy who took it near Lake Erie. I had attempted to use Pastelbord in the past, and wasn't too happy with it, but thought I'd give it another shot. Below is the progression of my work. First is the photo, followed by the first strokes of harder pastel on the Pastelbord over top of a previous work that was going to be peaches on a plate.

Next, covering the surface with blocks of color.

Then, I thought I'd try using an alcohol wash as I've seen done by others. I was surprised how much it took away, but liked how it embedded the pigment into the board.
First pass with softer pastels.
Continuing with soft pastels.
Final painting. I wasn't able to add as much detail as I had wanted, because the pastel seemed to lay on the surface as the board was full. But looking at it online, it looks pretty good.
Lake Erie Marsh, 8" x 10"

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