The midpoint has been reached #50

48,49,50………………………………………………half way and it is still an interesting journey.
On # 49 and 50 I got out the Pan Pastels. 49 has the pink hint of field flowers and is done on a pale yellow Colourfix paper. I used a couple of different applicators with the Pans and didn’t get beyond the underpainting on this paper. The Pans didn’t seem to like to stay on the paper very well. It was slightly better with the Wallis paper because, I am certain, the sanded finish. You don’t seen to get a great cover with these, even as brilliant as they seem. I didn’t do anything beyond the base underpainting on either because of that. The golden fields with purplish sky was the one on Wallis. I think I will try some with a wet technique and see how that works with them on sanded paper. Steve Hill did his demo at the NPS meeting with them – underpainting, again for the most part on LaCarte paper. Haven’t tried that. I am hoping I find something better with them as I like the visual appearance of the landscape set as you see it in their containers…but I need to get that value on my paper and so far haven’t gotten that. Neither of these would have looked like they do without painting over them with some Schmincke sticks.
This is a project to learn by and I will try them again.
This weekend I am going to Pendleton to do a workshop for pastel students. Looking forward to that two day commitment. I am always energized to work with students; I teach but I learn and its most rewarding to have someone let you know that they learned something from your efforts! So for a couple of days…
happy painting…


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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