My goal was to work quickly and not fiddle with it; it took just over an hour after I'd blocked in the basic shapes with a charcoal pencil and white Conte pencil. I chose the medium value blue paper intending that some would show through, so no blending at all was done, other than scumbling of layers. Bringing some of the purple-gray used in the clouds scumbled on the blue shadows helped to harmonize it a bit.
Hillside Shadows II
12 x 16 inches
pastel on Strathmore 500-series paper
I think one of the things that draws me to this series of photos that were taken within a relatively short period of time and small geographical area is the wide variance of the topography, all of which I find visually appealing.