Dressed in Whites.

Not all Whites are equal.

Once I started this pastel painting, it did not take me long to figure out that I did not have the whites I wanted to use to paint the birch tree.

dressed in whites

Dressed in Whites
Pastel 8×10


I did this for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  It was a learning curve trying to find different whites I  needed to give and form and dimension to this tree.   I also understand too well why many pastelist’s say you can never have enough pastels.  By attaching a scrap of same paper to my board on the easel it allowed me to try colors together before laying them on the painting.   This scrap of paper allowed me to lay color next to each other or lay color over each other which saved me from making some huge errors.

Tomorrow the whites will done in oils, and that is going to be a huge challenge.   I am going to have to think about how I will approach painting the wispy branches.   Leave me a comment if you have any suggestions on how to paint those wonderful light wispy branches in one sitting.

I did enjoy the process of this painting, and I hope you enjoy the outcome!

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