Early Morning Clouds
Image size 3.5" x 8"
PastelsThis is a quick pastels study. I rarely work in pastels but I do enjoy using the medium and I especially like the look of pastels. I feel like I struggle with the medium which is probably why I don't use it often. Of course, if I practiced more, I would get better and I would enjoy it more…the old vicious cycle.
Long ago, I put pumice gel on scrap pieces of mat board to have them ready for pastels. This is a piece of black mat board that has a texture. I probably should have put the pumice on the back side and painted a surface color instead of using the front for the color and having to deal with this texture. I like random texture that can be created by the pumice gel but don't like the overall pattern of this texture. It's hard to get the pastels into the divots and I find that patterned texture annoying. Oh well, I tried to deal with it and not let it bother me in this painting. I like bits of background color peeking through but I think the pattern is distracting.