'Spring Dreams' 8x10 pastel
This was my first plein air painting of the season and did it ever give me fits! It is always a challenge to get back into plein air....and my goal for this tree was to eliminate all of the clutter around it...houses, cars, other trees. So I simplified the background. But it was the tree that wouldn't cooperate. I probably brushed it out and sprayed fixative 5 or 6 times until I got a thick textured area of pastel. It is so thick that it almost looks like oil paint in person. Even though it was a challenge, I had a lot of fun experimenting and it was a good way to get back into the swing of paintng outside.