Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Marsh Gold

Day 5 of 30 in 30
Marsh Gold
5x7 Gireault pastel on ampersand astelboard

This started out fine with a pastel underpainting that I alcohol washed but I lost control  about half way through. It was almost a wiper but my husband said to wait.  My friend Barbara always tells me that I wipe too soon so I will sit on this a while.  It was almost a relief to be able to say "OK, I painted but I don't expect them all to come out good"

A water color teacher in college said "Paint one painting a week, at the end of a year you will have 52 paintings and if you have two good ones, you have two good ones"

What  is different:
  • This was done with Gireault pastels on ampersand board
My thoughts:
  • The Ampersand is a nice surface but does not hold many layers of pastels. 
  • Gireault are still my favorite. When I separated them from the rest I realized that while some were hardly used, quite a few are almost too small to use.
  • I would like to adjust the composition a little but this board will not take any more layers.


  1. I think it's beautiful, Sandra, so I'm glad you're leaving it alone for awhile. Don't you just love those Giraults??

    1. Thank you Meredith and yes I love Gireaults. Some are so small I will need to replace them soon.