6 x 9 soft pastels
I invested in a new box of pastels today to augment what sticks and stubs I already had floating around in tubs and trays. There is an immediacy about pastels that fills the gap between drawing and painting. The feel of them as they deposit pigment on a rough surface is very satisfying, almost as much as the intensity of colours that can be created with them.
The drawback with creating pieces in pastel is the challenge of shipping them when someone buys one who isn't local. Its rather more elaborate to ensure the pastel doesn't disappear from the surface or get smeared by the time it reaches its location. However, so far, so good, with any shipments of pastels that I'd made. As long as I sandwich it with a gap between and make sure the piece can't move it works well.
This piece is still water, but not another river view of Salmonier. This is a view of the ocean breaking over the rocks at Flatrock. The beach, if you could call it that, has a handful of rocks at its edge, breaking off from the flat rocks that give the area its name. The movement of the water over the rocks is endlessly appealing to me.
This little study was more a trial run of the new pastels than a serious piece. However, blue is the other attractant to me, so air whipped water turning turquoise always captures my attention.