"Ready For Take Off!"
© Norma Wilson, original pastel on canvas 5" by 7"
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It has been at least ten years since I broke out my pastels and decided to paint with them. Early on in my art career, I painted exclusively in pastel. When I started painting in oils, I decided to devote my time to learning and growing as an oil painter and then made several moves that afforded me less space to work in several mediums. I stuck to acrylic and oil. Now that I am home to my house in Chesapeake, I can spread out and have plenty of room! So I set up a pastel room. Below is the block in stage on a pastel board. I like to get some base colors that I see established and build from there. Usually after the main colors are in, I begin to work the darks more building up from there in a back and forth way adding in nuances of color and adjusting my drawing as needed. It was amazing how comfortable I felt after being away from pastels so long.
I am excited to do more this week. As you can see, I had more than a few pastels
just waiting for me to dive back in!