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Sketches from the Niger Delta 9 - the back path through Enekorogha - pastel

Posted On: Friday 17th August 2012
Summary: The is last pastel I painted in Enekorogha, a remote village in the Niger Delta in Nigeria. The last rain of the day had passed and this was the calm evening scene an hour before nightfall

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Outdoor painting   Pastels painting   Buildings   Cambridge Art Academy   Painting trees   

pastel in enekeroghaOn my last evening in the Delta I walked back through Enekorogha village towards the Clinic on the back path, stopping to do this pastel sketch.finished pastel in niger delta

I stood too long in one place, my "Deet" had worn off during the day, and on the following morning my legs and lower arms were covered with sand fly bites. Very itchy but otherwise harmless. That's the thing with painting - you small tin of pastelsbecome so absorbed you don't notice being eaten by bugs.

The first photo shows what I painted on location, the second how I finished in the studio back home, and the third is the tin of pastels I took with me. You can go too far in cutting down on the kit you take - and this is more the case with pastels than with most other mediums. I think about 20 sticks is about the minimum you can get away with.
 

 

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