In The Garden

Titled ‘In The Garden’ this is a portrait of a friend, and is based on an old favourite photograph of hers. Finished artwork is slightly smaller than A2 size and was completed with oil pastels on Canson paper. This was my first large scale pastel piece and provided some unique challenges, particularly in attempting to create fine detail and make specific marks with the pastel sticks. This becomes increasingly difficult as the edge is lost on the sticks through heavy use as layers of colour and texture build up, and the colours also mix and muddy to some extent. I learned a lot right through from start to finish about the required technique and approach for me to use with pastels and have already gained a much better understanding of how to produce the artwork I wish to see in the future.


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