|Fifty-Mile Cliffs - 9x9"|
pastel on toned UArt #600
I had planned to take a piece of acrylic-toned UArt #400 paper that I had toned with a thick wash of sienna acrylic out yesterday to paint, but ran out of time. Instead, I decided to experiment with smaller studio pieces.
For some reason, when Blick sent me the paper order with the incorrect surface of UArt, they also sent the incorrect size: 27x21", I think. I ordered 18x24", which I can trim down into smaller sizes I use on location. Anyway, to get some 9x12" and 12x16" pieces, I was left with an odd size: this 9x9. But, hey - it's a square, and a workable size. I toned it with a dark warm gray acrylic wash.
I had earlier selected out this photo from our May trip, near our campsite off Hole-in-the-Rock road (HITR), of afternoon light on the Fifty-Mile Cliffs. These cliffs, which run parallel and south of the HITR road, look most appealing to me in the late afternoon as distal bluish silhouettes. I could easily go back out and paint at the exact location on this upcoming trip.
I painted this as if it were on location: quickly, no fussing with details. It handled so much better than the #400 or Wallis, in terms of not having an overly aggressive surface; it may even be the Goldilocks of the sanded pastel paper continuum, at least for me. I'm betting I'll also dig the #800 surface.
Next, two small and quick studies on Artagain paper, from trimmings, surface prepared with #400 wet-dry sandpaper:
|Wash Study - 6x3"|
|Boulder, UT study - 3x6"|
Artagain "Gothic Gray"
I could easily paint this same view - overlooking the small town of Boulder, UT, south from Hwy 24 - on this trip. I got to use several of the new MV pastels I ordered, including the two dark greens and those sandstone colors in this study.