Anyway, with the Escalante Canyons Plein Air Festival starting this Friday, I've been wanting to do some paintings of the area as practice. I put in an order for some Mt. Vision pastels as an accompaniment for my Utah canyon plein air set, and those arrived last week - exciting!
From Wed, at fellow 4C member Jane Mercer's studio, when rain canceled our plans to paint at Baker's Bridge:
|Wash Wall Shadows - 10x20"|
pastel on Mi-Tientes
As much as I love my smooth, black papers, they have their limitations, so I'm trying to expand my repertoire with surfaces. I previously haven't had much luck using Mi-Tientes, but had this piece, in a medium value tan, and decided it would be good to practice on. Also, some of the most masterful pastels I've seen have been done on this lowly, old-school paper. Specifically, I wanted to see how the Unisons in my sky set handled on this paper; on the black paper, they just sheet off.
They worked like a dream on the Canson. Perhaps it's because my painting and pastel handling skills have improved, but I am thinking I need to give this paper another shot. I learned many-a things with this painting, about what works (layering), what doesn't (dark over light - I can do that on my black paper). This is possibly the first painting I've done on Mi-Tientes that I didn't want to immediately toss in the trash, so that's a plus.
I also ordered some 800# UArt, which may turn out to be my sanded paper of choice. I do know that Wallis and 400# UArt are just too aggressive for my current painting technique, so we'll see how the finer grits of the UArt go. Unfortunately, Blick sent me the #600 instead (but are shipping out replacement sheets), so I may try that on my next plein air painting, slated for Horse Gulch, tomorrow afternoon.
Oh yeah - here's a small study I did last week with Connie, who paints with the Friday group:
|Smelter Rapid Study - 6x8", plein air|
pastel on black cardstock
Connie said she has struggled painting water and rocks (and thus, doesn't paint them), and wanted to watch me paint. So, we went down to Santa Rita Park and I gave an informal lesson, which, odd as it sounds, was more about "seeing" than painting.