|14 x14 pastel|
For comfort and inspiration I was reading more WK and was struck by his words.
"Quite often, after working on a pastel for a time, I see that it is becoming ordinary and conventional, because I have planned and intervened too much. At this point it is useful to go over the entire picture with the back of my hand (not a paper towel or rag, they take off too much) What is left on the paper is a somewhat undifferentiated shadow of my original image. My earlier strokes have merged into a general murkiness that allows me to start afresh on the basis of a more natural undercoat."
I often do this- when I have gone too far and fussy. This is a good example. The finished painting is on top and below is what it looked like after paintings outdoors last week. I feel that the top one feels like fog because I used my memory, color play and a wipe of my hand.