10 x10 pastel on oil underpainting, Uart paper .
10 x10 oil underpainting
What better way to learn..... than to transfer my new information to the brain I understand-pastel. So I did a second oil underpainting, but this time it is on Uart paper. Then, I pre-selected my pastels, all the time keeping in mind my color harmony (melon sky with violet/brown.) I tried to paint with my pastels in glazes. Sky first-opaque. Then a succession of glazes- avoiding white. I found out later that I really needed a discord color so I added the yellow/gold green.
At the beginning it was my intention to add the swan, but I wasn't sure I could pull it off. Can you see it? In Sanibel the refuge was filled with pelicans, rose spoonbills and egrets....so I made my own choice and decided I wanted a swan.