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Nocturne in pastels - the new pond

Posted On: Sunday 9th September 2012
Summary: For this nocturne I sat outside looking in on the party with a strong composition formed by the reflections in the pond. Done with soft pastels

Blog Tags: Plein air   Painting in Cambridge   Pastels painting   Townscapes   Nocturne painting   People   Reflections in water   

nocturne with pastels and reflectionsI was invited to the 25th wedding anniversary of an old friend of mine and to celebrate he had dug a pond - which is already inhabited by several grogs.

So we went along last night and I took my pastels - like the wedding pastel I did a few weeks ago I thought that a special occasion merited a small artistic memento. I sat outside on a chair and did this using soft pastels on pastel paper. How did I paint in the dark, you may be wondering? I took with me one of those small LED torches that strap onto your head. Worked a dream.

The composition was easy, looking on on the party with the reflections shining across the new pond. I was pleased to get the reflections about right - slightly more muted than the direct light, and a bit darker too.

9"x12" softn pastels.


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