I went to the art class in Beverley today and did this picture. I prepared the board last night with a mix of white acrylic paint and pumice powder. I applied it firstly with a brush and then evened it out with a decorators sponge roller. I gave it two coats, letting it dry in between each coat. I read about this in Mark Leach's wonderful book "Raw Pastels".
|Cornish Harbour, Pastel mixed media, 14 x 17 inch|
At the class I brushed in a quick under-painting in watercolour, using complementary colours in places. After this was dry I started to apply the pastel. Pastel isn't something I feel in control of, but it's something I admire and I would like to get reasonably competent with it. I didn't mean to make such a big picture as this, but perhaps using pastels works better on a large surface.
I intend to keep going with the pastels, and want to try all the things I have read about such as using alcohol to liquefy the pastel, making runs and drips; using different supports; using pastel pencils as well as soft and hard pastels. I also want to experiment to see if I can include collage in a pastel painting. I think this would work if I use acrylic matte medium and pumice over the collage. I will have to try it and see what happens.