Now I’d started a painting with this cloud. But it didn’t come to life until I did this pastel.
The Nest ~ Pastel and Oil Landscapes
Once I had my pastel in hand, I could easily see and feel the vibrancy needed to complete the oil painting.
Thumb-tacked to the adjacent easel, the pastel helped me find the colors on my oil palette. This freed me from thinking too much. Using a palette knife, exuberant strokes blend together on the canvas.
Pastel is mixed on the paper as it is dragged through colors already in place. Palette knife is similar. Roughly blending on the canvas keeps the painting fresh, the calligraphy authentic.