As I continue to learn more about using soft pastels, I watched a speed demo by Bethany Fields and even though I did not have the buttery soft pastels or sanded paper I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I used a piece of watercolour paper and applied Liquitex clear gesso (which has a sandy grit to it). Then I just went with my hard pastels and applied Isopropyl alcohol over the first layer. Second layer I used Liquitex acrylic inks on some of the tree shadows. Then for the remaining layers used my hard and not quite soft pastels. So for a test piece, I was very happy with the outcome. It is a weird size: 3" x 12"

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Comment by Charles Eisener on May 18, 2017 at 4:32pm

Golden's acrylic ground for pastels gives a similar gritty base.  While I have used both and have no real favorite, the Liquitex product is not as easy to find locally.

With soft pastels, one daughter has been diluting the Golden product by up to a third and finds no adverse effects.  This is mostly for economic reasons, and may not be as useful with harder pastels.

Comment by Linda Wooding on May 18, 2017 at 10:49am

Beautiful Wanda! Love the pink sky and rich dark shadows....lovely contrast!

Comment by Mark S Ward on May 17, 2017 at 4:55pm

Beautiful colors Wanda! Thanks for sharing this because it's a great lesson and study for all of us painting a landscape in any medium that is mostly green. (ain't no green, green, everywhere green here!) Superb job!

Comment by Ian Greig on May 15, 2017 at 12:29pm

Very nice Wanda.

Comment by Sarah Irland on May 14, 2017 at 2:53pm

Love the shades of pinks and light greens and the dark blues and greens. This is lovely!

Comment by Wenda Spooner on May 13, 2017 at 6:08pm

great shadow and light Wanda! very nice :)

Comment by Karen Ilari on May 13, 2017 at 11:42am

Beautiful Wanda! Love this one! Love those rich shadow colors

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