Many days in Alberta are graced with sunshine. It is, if you didn't know, the Sunny Province. I love taking pictures of interesting cloud formations and saving them on my phone for an unplanned afternoon in the studio. This following piece is exactly that... the product of a much needed afternoon in the studio, I didn't know what to paint, shuffled through the pics on my phone, and voila... a painting titled Alberta Sky...
Before I begin creating with the pastels, I prepare my paper by taping it to a board such as this one.
You could also use foam-core, or corrugated plastic cut to size. I like doing this because it adds weight to my piece while working on it, and keeps the paper from bending while moving it around.
I chose the Colourfix paper (because I was out of Wallis)
This paper however does not fair well with water, so the PanPastels are an easy way to apply blocks of colour as a first step.
I draw in the basic shapes with one of these neat tools that come with the PanPastels.
I am laying the board flat for the under-painting. I don't always do this, but the lighting was nice. I put a piece of plastic under the board, but an old sheet works great as the dust from the pastel gets caught in it and you don't have to worry about it being suspended in the air for long. You can also lay out an old sheet under the pastel sticks that you are using to do the same thing. It's nice to keep the dust in one place.
And here is the finished painting.
I went in with various shades of blue, purple, grey & yellow on the clouds with my pastel sticks using the under-painting only as a guide. The nice thing about the PanPastel layer is that you can paint right over it if you want, or you can leave areas thin without additional pastel.