My New Landscape Pastel Step by Step

My New Landscape Pastel Step by Step
Polly Castor pastel

Summer Shade with Lyla (pastel) by Polly Castor

I did this pastel last weekend. It is 11” x 14” and titled Summer Shade with Lyla.  I took care of baby Lyla one morning a week last summer and this is where we hung out. I loved this view of New Pond Farm, so when I was invited to paint something for their up-coming invitational art show starting next weekend, I immediately knew what I would paint.  

I thought it might be interesting to blog readers to see my process step by step, so I have included those photos below.  First I do a sketch, then the sketch is wet with mineral spirits, followed by finding my lightest lights and darkest darks. After that, I do the underpainting, followed by the painting.

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