We painted at my favorite metro park today, Inniswood. It was a dreary overcast day, with intermittent sun, but it was a refreshing 70 degrees! Ahhhhhh. The other painters complained of being COLD, but I was feeling refreshed and very comfortable.
I setup in the herb garden, where the dusty pink Joe Pie weed caught my eye. I had recently watched an Albert Handell video and tried to use what I learned. I used Wallis sanded paper today. Unusual for me, but this is the paper Albert uses. I did a watercolor underpainting and after it dried, continued on with pastels. There is always that awful time in the middle of the process, where it gets really UGLY, and it is very tempting to just give up. But I continued and ended up with a nice painting. Here is the final painting and following are the process shots. If you look closely on each one, you can see the differences.