'California Dreams' 8x10 pastel
Not every painting is a success but one thing I love about pastel is how forgiving it is. It is so easy to rework a painting that you aren't happy with. This painting went through a few changes. It was a demo for last week's class on the Steelyard composition. The colors were dull and uninteresting so I changed them...several times. Still not happy. So I took out some acrylic matte medium and painted over the whole thing. The matte medium darkened the painting and melted the pastel but when it dried I had a stiff piece of paper with the texture of the brushstrokes. When I added more pastel, it skipped over those brushmarks making some interesting texture. What a fun way to salvage a painting!