Pastel Painting: “Winter Drive”

Hello all!  Welcome visitors and artistic beings 🙂

I took a little break from the Pastel ColorPlay posts to put my growing color confidence to use in my newest pastel painting.

Today, I would like to share with you the process I used for this painting, and the discoveries I made along the way….

So onto the post!



This is my own reference of a scene near my home.  I was drawn by the interplay of sunlight and shadow.  The limitations of the camera lens didn’t pick up the true values and colors I saw with my own eyes, but I actually found that to be helpful when setting my imagination loose to choose and apply color!


Using an HB pencil, I lightly sketched out my scene on a white 6×8 piece of sanded paper (Pastel Premier).


I knew I wanted to apply an underpainting to help me deal with all that WHITE, but I wanted to try something new.  I decided to experiment with some acrylic inks that I have had for a while but haven’t had time to play with.

I also knew I wanted to play up the shadow areas, as well as the darker valued areas like the tree trunks, so I chose three ink colors: purple lake, raw sienna, and sepia.  The inks I used are FW (Daler Rowney) Acrylic Artists Inks and can be bought at most craft stores. (The link is for the primary set.)

These inks can be used straight or thinned just like watercolors, but are permanent once dry.   

The only caveat I should mention is that if you put them on too heavily, they might make spots of your paper a bit slick (less toothy to grab pastel).  I did not have that problem for this painting, however.







After signing the painting, and letting it sit for a day or two on my easel, I decided it needed one more thing….
Can you tell what I did?



“Winter Drive” 6×8 pastel on sanded paper


Thanks for stopping by to visit and taking the time to read about my artistic adventures.  
I hope you enjoy these types of posts and find them helpful.

If you do, please feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions you may have!

Till next time, take care and stay creative!


14 thoughts on “Pastel Painting: “Winter Drive”

      1. If you are serious, try out charcoal first. It is a very forgiving medium for beginners, it has the “feel” of soft pastels, and it’s a simple way of trying out things out without all the expense. (Pastels can get very expensive, so don’t jump in to purchase anything if you aren’t sure you like the medium!) Simply buy some soft, vine charcoal (not compressed) and some cheap charcoal or pastel paper (such as Strathmore or Canson Mi-Tientes) and try sketching an apple or pear. It may not be any good at first, but that’s ok. You just need to see if you like working with the materials!!
        (You can buy the charcoal and paper at Hobby Lobby; Walmart sells vine charcoal in their art aisle under the Daler Rowney brand). If you buy the Canson Mi-Tientes paper, turn the page over to use the back — it’s got a little less texture to it. Once you decide whether you want to continue exploring, you can test out MANY different kinds of papers and soft pastels to see what you like. Good Luck!!! and Have FUN!!!

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      2. We actually have all the art supplies, since some of my siblings are really into art. I’m a portrait person, so I have a lot of charcoal pencils. Mostly, I don’t add color, though I like to add colored pencils at times.
        All my experience with pastels equaled pastel everywhere, including my hair. (My mom was not happy!). Our floor was a dark green for a while. But, maybe I’ll try again.


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