Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pastel at the Beach


"Off Racoon Point" 9x12, pastel

This week marks my first week of workshops for the summer here on Campobello Island.  We had beautiful weather today, and it looks like we're going to get beautiful weather for the rest of the week.  To mark the occasion, I took the workshop out to one of my favourite locations in the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, where we have views of Grand Manan Island, the Wolves and lots of open water.

I chose to demonstrate in pastel for the group.  (Tomorrow, I'll be doing watercolor.)  The scene is a difficult one, because of the expanse of water between the beach and Racoon Point.  But I chose to focus on the quality of the water itself, and especially on some of the waves approaching the beach.  For this piece, I did a quick block-in with hard pastels, followed by an alcohol wash and then a finishing layer of  pastel.

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