Another trip to the Grand River with my camera and several less than impressive photo’s later and I managed to get something I could crop into submission to create a somewhat decent reference photo.
The cropped version:
|Grand River, Cropped|
And my final pastel painting. I changed the basic shapes of the shrubs to make them more abstract and simplified the trees so it was a little less busy. I also moved the shore line to make the line more interesting and musical. Once happy with the layout, I sketched the landscape in with hard pastels/pencils then blocked in the basic masses, followed by the more time consuming details. My materials included Faber-Castell Pastel Pencils, Nu-Pastels (hard), Unison and Terry Ludwig Soft Pastels on Wallis paper which has become my favorite pastel surface.
|Late Afternoon at the Grand River 12x18" Pastel on Sanded Paper|