I chose a black sheet as I enjoy working on dark colours. I noticed that the surface was quite shiny and had the minimum of tooth, so i set about drawing up the basic outlines. At this stage all was well. The surface readily accepted my coloursoft pencil and in no time I had finished and immediately I began applying areas of soft pastel. The conte I used went on easily, but I struggled with the other soft pastels to get anything like a smooth, even finish. Talk about smudging! One only had to wave one’s hand in the air and pastel started to fall of the surface!!
I stopped after I had covered the pastel card. I had intended to add a good deal more detail from the reference photos that can be seen to the left, but it was becoming blatantly obvious that this was not going to work. Time to stop and have a think.
The pastel card is ideal for pastel pencils and coloured pencils, but not for what I had intended, so off the board it came, to be replaced with a sheet of Canson paper, The results of the following painting can be seen on this blog on Wednesday.
Artists need to experiment from time to time in order to keep their work ‘fresh’. Any experiment is fraught with danger, but I find this quite invigorating and one must expect things to go ‘haywire’ at times.
Despite the ‘failure’, I am still keen to experiment when the occasion arises.
Wednesday: A Zen landscape