Bluebell in Pastels

I don’t know where December vanished to but it is good to be back at the easel painting this Bluebell in pastels.


Bluebell 8×10 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.

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