Pastel Study for Future Painting

February 22, 2011

Pastel study, 6×8 in. pastel on Pastel Mat

I plan on painting this fairly large, not sure if I will use acrylics or oils. Really want to capture that feeling of light pouring through the scaffolding. I’ve done a few others in large format acrylic that have been very effective, however, I’m still tempted to go to oils on this for the luminosity of the colors. Having the pastel study will be of tremendous help, I’ve really come to rely on studies like these so much more than reference photos. A photo is a place to start, a sketch like this begins interpreting the things I find exciting about the subject. By having this available while working on the painting, I can use it to further capture the things I found compelling enough to paint in the first place.