"Heron Lake Loop Trail, 18 x 24, pastel on Mi-Tenets Touch board.
I posted this painting on face book the other day and someone asked "What kind of pastels did I use? Sticks or pencils?" The answer to that question opened up a topic I would like to talk about. A few years ago, I was inspired to break away from the traditional confined way of painting with pastels as I knew it. I started adding all kinds of mediums I hadn't used before such as Prismacolor pencils, vegetable oil right from my kitchen, hairspray, alcohol, water color and probably some other ingredients all applied with my fingers or a brush or whatever. My students at the time and I committed to paint this way experimenting as I was doing each in their own way experimenting as they saw fit. No limits and no restrictions. Here are a few of my works resulting from this experimentation.
"Sometime in Spring", 12 x 16, pastel on sanded mat board.
"It Started With Pink", 9 x 12, pastel on sanded paper.
"Into My Gourds", 8 x 11, pastel on pastelbord.
In reflection, I have to say that this was a turning point for me. It opened up boundaries and set me free and it changed my way of thinking and my painting process. I haven't looked back since.
By the way, in answer to the question asked me on face book about whether I used sticks or pencils. I answered in part with this photo I took of what I used on this painting.