I do love these events due to the people. Whether it is the artists, the organizers, the host families, or the town people, it's these people that make it all worth it. I enjoying returning year after year to the same event. It takes time to have places that I can't wait to see and paint. These are places where I have a relationship and a love for the space.
This particular painting had an usual metamorphosis. The watercolor underpainting was done and the pastels placed on top, but I couldn't get it to work. Finally the paper would take no more pastel. I didn't want to give up. In my bag I found a small jar of clear gesso. I took the risk of just painting some on in all the areas I wanted to rework. At first it looked horrendous- dark and splotchy. (I should have taken a photo of that step!) Then gradually I built it up to say what I wanted. It was a risk, but as I tell myself, "it's not precious till it is beautiful. What have you got to lose?"