Sunday, January 13, 2013

Another Field Corner

The ground is still dark on the field, even though the morning sun is rising to the left.   This is one of those fields that slopes at the corners so that when you stand in the middle it's as if you are standing on a hill, but it's not a hill.  The group of pines in the background was absolutely creamed by hurricane Sandy.  20% of the trees are broken off about 6 to 8 feet from the ground.

In the spirit of Degas,  I experimented with rubbing alcohol and brush to move around some of the charcoal dust.   The theory is that it would dry fast, and not wrinkle the paper.  I just need to do it once or twice.  Repeated washes do wrinkle the paper.  9x12.


Donna T said...

Bob, sometimes I rub pastel into the paper with a Viva paper towel and then mist it lightly with alcohol from a spray bottle. It sets the pigment without soaking the paper too much. Just an idea for you to try if you haven't already :-)

Bob Lafond said...

Donna, Thanks for the tip. I will try it. I will let you know how it works out.

Degas apparently used steam while working on his pastels!