Anyway, cutting 2 days out of my week has had an effect of how much I'm getting done around here. I'm also working on the final details for a show that begins next week. I'll tell you about that in my next post.
So today, I found myself with no painting to post. I decided to paint some figs that I picked up that were really beautiful colors. I spent an hour and a half working on it and it was going from bad to worse - probably because I wasn't motivated to paint and it is also really hot and humid here right now. I wiped all of the paint off of the canvas and now have a nicely toned surface for my next painting but an hour and a half is a long time to end up with just a toned canvas.
The painting above started as a watercolor. I found a piece of printmaking paper (no sizing) and wanted to see how it would accept the paint compared to the piece of watercolor paper that I painted on a couple of weeks ago that seemed to have no sizing. It was even harder to build the darks on this paper. It wasn't a successful painting so I decided to add some pastel and see what happened.
I'm actually pretty happy with the outcome. Below is a picture of the watercolor painting before I added the pastel. I had to blend a lot to hide the texture of the paper.
I think it has a completely different feeling than the pastel painting. The pastel is much more dramatic.
I hope you like the pastel better than the watercolor because the watercolor is now completely covered by the pastel. :)
A Hint of Sun
Image Size 4" x 6"
Pastel over watercolor