"Cloudy South Carolina"
Image Size 8" x 10"
We've been having some crazy storms this week. Well, crazy by California standards anyway. I always enjoy the rain, but we really need a week or more to dry out now before we get any more storms.
The reference photo for this painting was taken several years ago when I was visiting friends in Charleston, South Carolina. We visited a plantation (I don't remember the name) and I took a lot of pictures of the beautiful grounds. This was one of them.
I tried pastels again this week, but handled them in a different manner. Last week's painting was almost completely blended and this week, I didn't blend the pastels at all - at least not with my fingers. There is always a certain amount of blending done when you layer colors on top of each other.
The support I used for this was a rust colored sanded pastel paper. I'm sorry I don't know which brand, because I've had it a while in my stash of pastel papers. I didn't blend with my fingers because I wanted the bits of rust color to come through in the finished painting. I think that adds a bit of energy and cohesiveness to the painting. It probably would have looked nice to have a fully blended sky with the clouds, but that will be for another painting.