Pastel Field

Pastel Field, 8x10", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith
Pastel Field, 8x10", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Still more longing for spring…  Here in Minnesota, we have had a few days with above normal temperatures.  Then, things dipped back down into the single digits.

This little painting was done a hand made pastel panel.  I started with a piece of Masonite.  I prepped it with 2 layers of acrylic gesso.  Then, I painted the surface the bright orange liquid acrylics. That’s what you see in the lower right hand corner of the painting.  Finally, I painted on a layer of Golden Acrylic fine pumice gel.  You need to thin it with a bit of water to expose the pumice particles.  If it’s done with a bristle brush, it gives a wonderful, random, surface to paint into.