I don’t know where December vanished to but it is good to be back at the easel painting this Bluebell in pastels.
I have not worked a lot with Rembrandt pastels so it was a bit of a learning curved doing this one. I do like the Rembrandt pastels on Canson paper as I do not seem to fill the tooth of the paper with pastel as fast.
I chose to do the Bluebell as it reminds of the warm sunny days of summer from my childhood. I have spent several hours going through my reference photos looking for subjects for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Just doing that is a learning curve as well. One of the things that I try to remember is why I took that particular picture, what was it that captivated my attention. What was it about the Bluebell that I want to tell my viewer. Is it something I want to be able to portray to the viewer. Subject matter is often a difficult choice but the more I do it the easier it starts to become. Instead of trying to come up with 30 things to paint all at once I have decided to break it down to 3 sessions of 10 subjects.
Tomorrow on Day two of the challenge I plan to paint the Bluebell in oils, and it will be an interesting comparison of the two pictures.