I started a large pastel just before we left for New Mexico. It was almost finished. In fact, I thought it was finished but I wasn't thrilled with it. The painting sat on my studio easel for the summer, waiting for the big wipe off. When we got back, I looked it over and decided to finish it. Rare that I can just continue on and be happy with a painting. I did this time. The deep saturated colors I use require deep darks to empathize the light. The painting called out to me and said, "Strengthen the darks!" That change made all the difference.
I used some spray bottle drops of water on the background. I am pretty sure the Pastelbord was gray to start with. I used a variety of pastel brands. I worked from hard to softer with the exception that I will use a hard pastel near the end for blending.
Before I took the painting to Art Connections, I took a photo in our bedroom so you can get an idea of the size. It is over a night stand with an office size chair. The frame is dark brown with black accents near the painting.
Now on to another project ...
I have a couple of art links for you:
A short video from artist Daniel Edmondson about how the direction of light affects eye movement. Interesting concept.
I follow a blog by Julie Ford Oliver, Las Cruces, New Mexico. I like her New Mexico paintings.