Friday, September 23, 2011

Turn to Mud

To take a break from reflecting pond surfaces, I turned to mud (not literally) in a newly cut corn field. It makes me realize that, though I admire the beauty of a corn field, I have no idea what the farmer sees and is doing there. Another 9x12 pastel on pastelmat.

I have been using water with pastel on the pastelmat paper. The results are interesting enough to keep pursuing. I remember reading somewhere that Degas used water and pastel. The soaked and brushed pastel behaves like watercolor. Drying time is necessary before reapplying dry pastel.


SamArtDog said...

I've been wiping alcohol (dries fast) on pastel as an underpainting, Bob. But on indestructible Wallis paper. How well does Pastelmat hold up to moisture?

Bob Lafond said...

Sam, The pastelmat paper does well with water, though I wouldn't overdo it. Because the water dries more slowly, I can use a paper towel to blot out sections, and even rewet an area to blot it out more. This allows me to do a rough version of the painting before finer work with dry pastel. I wanted to get away from the "mixed media" of watercolor or acrylic. Now it's all pastel.