Saturday, the 28th, was the first day this year for me painting outdoors. First day for trying my new Lammert Paint Box outdoors as well.
I had a pastel workshop scheduled for the afternoon at the Fort Madison Art Center and decided to make a full day of painting....starting out by meeting friends that live in the FM area. We met along the route to Fort Madison from Pulaski.
I followed them to Wilson Lake Park, just off hwy 2. We settled on a spot to paint around 9am. Above is a picture of my friend Carlene Dingman Atwater pastel sketching from her vehicle.
Here is Jessica Kirby in a cozy spot...staying out of the brisk breeze. Both her and Carlene have been painting outdoors several times already this year. We thought it would be GREAT to meet up and as I was driving to the park, my car said the temp. was 29 degrees. I truly had avoided painting outdoors because of the cold air....and here I am....finally excited to be in the sunshine trying out my new paint box and it's below freezing out. (shaking my head here :D )
....and my set up! Once I started painting, I didn't notice the cold air. I had the Sun to my back and the only part of me that became numb was my hand that I was holding pastels with.
The view I decided to focus on.......
......and the beginning.....I'm working on matboard I primed with Colourfix Multi-media fine tooth primer.
Here shows the "underpainting". I used Gamsol odorless mineral spirits, brushed on the pastel color you see above.
Here shows where I started applying strokes of pastel over the dried underpainting. It didn't take very long for the mineral spirits to evaporate.
...and the finished painting. "At Wilson Lake Park" 10" x 8" Pastel on board.
I went on that day to share this technique of applying mineral spirits to pastel with those that attended my workshop. It was truly fun watching everyone try something they hadn't done before. One student was so inspired, she's asked if I would come back and give the workshop again. That was music to my ears.....to be a part of someone discovering a new way to be creative. She hadn't tried pastels before.
I was so caught up in the moment, I had forgotten to grab my camera and take pictures of everyone painting. Next time, I'll do my best to snap a few photos of everyone.