|Towards the Comb|
10x20 inches - pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes paper
© 2012, S.Johnson
Instead of using the prepared board, I thought I might try using the other half of a sheet of rust-colored Canson paper I've had for ages - seriously, I think I've been dragging this sheet around for at least 10 years. I bought it back when Canson was pretty much the only readily available paper for pastels.
And besides - what better way to resume pastel painting after being in a recent rut than using a surface that has always proved challenging and really never produced a painting worth keeping? Sounds like a great recipe for failure!
I was reminded again how much I admire pastelists that are able to use this paper to great success, such as Bill Cone and Lorenzo Chavez. Really, I don't know how they do it.
I suppose this turned out better than it could have/should have, perhaps, given the circumstances. It allows for more layering than my favorite black Artagain, but the rough texture (smooth side, even) sort of rubs me the wrong way...pun intended. I am trying to get away from finger blending my pastels, but this just didn't seem to work without blending.
Anyway, with luck and motivation, I'll return from our trip on Tuesday with at least a few paintings and probably more photos of Anasazi cliff dwellings.