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Pastel sketch at Pondersbridge with strange evening sky

Posted On: Friday 10th August 2012
Summary: A summer evening sky in the Fens of East Anglia is something to relish, and here I wanted to portray in pastels the softness and quietness of this evening sky

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Sketching   Plein air   Pastels painting   Reflections in water   Painting water   Painting tips   

evening sky in pastelI have to break off from my Niger Delta series just this once for this pastel sketch I did yesterday evening  in the fens near Pondersbridge East of Peterborough. Almost still - the wind turbines slowly winding down to motionlessness - a cyclist whooshes by, no doubt inspired by Sir Chris et al - a slightly opaque pink settling just above the horizon - and of course this magnificent wispy sky. Oh, if only I had had hours to paint this sky. In East Anglia WE HAVE SKIES!

So I did this from the back of my car, using mostly soft pastels, fixed and then overlain with sharp carre pastels for the turbines. Back in the studio I brushed in the wires with a thin stick of charcoal held in the tips of my fingers.

8"x11" on smooth pastel paper


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