well, I don’t know about that, but the last couple of paintings have been experiments on paper and with “Pan Pastels”. I acquired a nice set of pan pastels a while ago and they sat all pristine and polished in their box for a few months. Decided the other day they should come out and expose themselves to the world and show me what they could do! Did a little landscape on a piece of Arches w/c paper and wasn’t too thrilled with the results. I have found that w/c paper does seem to dull the color so let it go at that.

Tried them again with my 100 series. This time on a piece of Art Spectrum colorfix paper – a pale yellow one. You seem to have to use an applicator with these pastels because of the fact that they come in a “pan” or something that could be mixed up with you eyeshadow round containers. It seems like more pastel comes off the paper than adheres…still not particularly vibrant color. Lights over darks work ok, however. This is a pretty primative little piece, but an experiment….that’s what the 100 is about – different paper, technique, color combinations, pastels, etc.

About bonnie griffith

I am a landscape artist who works in pastels, oils and acrylics. My work focuses on representational studies of the western US. I am basically self taught with lots of workshops and studies with several landscape artists such as Bruce Haughey and Clark Elster. I live in southwestern Idaho, am a native Montanan with a strong connection to the land. I spend as much time as I can in MT painting as well other parts of the northwest. I appreciate getting out in the field and working plein air because there is nothing like completing a painting in the true light of day and visually not being compromised by the use of a photo. In my work, my goal is to produce a piece of work that draws the viewer into the painting and challenges them to explore the scene; get a sense of the time of day, the temperature, the light or lack of. If I have gotten that viewer to step out of their reality and into that painting and enjoy it, then my work was accomplished as I wished. View all posts by bonnie griffith

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