|"Stink Eye" 11 x 14" on sanded paper|
First I created a monochromatic under painting in blue tones, using rubbing alcohol and an old brush to paint the dry Rembrandt pastels onto Uart sanded paper.When the paper dried I applied the pastels in very small hatching strokes. When I was ready to blend I used a very hard Derwent white pastel stick sharpened to a point, instead of blending with my fingers. When you look closely at the painting you can see that I created the impression of browns by layering a rather vibrant pallet of blues, reds, golds and purples.
I did something very different with this painting when I was done. I have been reading that many pastel artists do not mat their work done on sanded paper because the tooth of the paper will keep the pastel from dusting off on the glass as long as the frame is tight. This was my first attempt at framing a pastel with out a mat and I was thrilled with the result. The pastels are so much more vibrant when pressed against the glass, and I don't have to worry about the dust staining the matting. I would never do this with normal paper.