The inspiration for a painting can come in many shapes and forms but most frequently it is a combination of atmosphere and light that sparks the fire.
The sparkle of light on water and a gauze of mist lends enchantment to almost any scene. In this painting the misty effect was achieved with Pan Pastels on a sheet of white Clairefontaine Pastel Mat paper.
The method of applying the Pan Pastel colour with sponges naturally lends itself to soft edges. The water is mainly the paper left untouched but the highlights on the clouds were created with a small Sofft tm tool which looks like a plastic palette knife with a sponge sleeve and is very effective for smaller areas.
The challenge of working with Pan Pastels, which does not lend itself readily to creating sharp edges, has made me re-evaluate the amount of fine detail I include in a painting and has 'loosened up' my recent work. Working with different methods of applying colour is a stimulus that can get you out of a rut. Go on try something new.
I will be running a pastel painting course in Cheddar next autumn if you would like to learn more about my methods of working.