5"x7" pastel on water color paper that has been coated with a pastel ground. This barn is a mile from my house and is starting to sag and show a lot of wear, but I loved the color of the faded red paint in the morning light. I have been experimenting with working on different papers or boards coated with a purchased pastel ground. I like creating texture by diluting the ground a little and then applying it thickly to the surface to leave brushmarks. The texture comes through when applying pastel. The ground I use is Golden's pastel ground.
This is a portrait study in oil on Blick's canvas paper. I liked the texture of the paper and the way the paint could be moved around for a long period. I learned to be careful not to stick my fingers on the painting checking to see if it was dry!
"Curly" 6x6 inch oil painting on cradled hardboard panel. This is the first oil painting I have completed on a hard panel surface. It is great to move the paint around a little more and it is especially wonderful to not have the texture of the canvas fight for attention with the details of the painting. "Curly" is available in my dailypaintworks gallery.
Updated this by painting a much better orange pepper and by taking a more accurate photo. What a difference getting the painting in focus made! I find photographing my art the most challenging aspect of sharing my paintings on this blog. You can find this painting on my dailypaintworks auction
-This is one of several small still lifes that I have been working on lately. The reflective surface of the silver sugar dish was interesting to paint. I would like to try it again under brighter lighting conditions to bring out more color.