|"Carriage Ride in Williamsburg" Pastel, 11 x 14|
This was an especially difficult piece for me. The straps and such on the horses was really hard to draw. I started with a fully completed watercolor painting on 140 pound Strathmore watercolor paper, using Windsor and Newton professional grade watercolors. I kept this underpainting quite vibrant so that when I applied the pastels on top the painting would glow. I did 4 passes with pastels, starting with Rembrandt, blending with Nupastels and detailing with pastel pencil. I used Krylon workable fixative in between passes.
Here is my reference photo. Usually I mess with my photos quite a bit on photoshop before I commit to the first layer of painting. Here all I did was flip the photo so that the wood bar at the bottom would lead your eye into the painting. I used my imagination for the background.