|Uplifted 8x12 pastel $125.|
|detail of marks and surface|
I love my subject matter, and love working in pastel. So I changed how I was using the pastel and tried a different surface. It left the finished painting more lively, with energy! It also gave me an excuse to use some bright colors, which sure helped liven up such a dull afternoon.
I used a hardboard and made my own surface preparation, gritty enough to hold layers of color; applied in such a way to leave some of this showing. I love how some of the ochre surface shows thru the final piece. I feel it adds energy and life! It was also a lot of fun too!