This is a quick study done in pastel for a painting of NYC. I did the pastel to work out composition and color issues before going to an actual canvas. Doing this helps to ensure that there is “enough there” to warrant an actual painting, and to work out challenges such as exist here with the heavy area in shadow in the foreground. In pastel, I use a lot of individual colors to create shadow areas which results in beautiful color variations. Having a pastel to refer to will help me to keep those areas interesting when I work on them in oil.
Quick study in pastel