Many hold-ups this past two weeks, unable to do any artwork, scanning, nothing at all. However, here we are with a pastel that was underway during the last post back in late June. The back garden apple trees are quite old and have twisted trunks and branches. This one is casting a lacy pattern of shadows on the lawn, allowing an interplay of light and dark colours. The tree was drawn freely to begin with, keeping it at the upper end of the pastel paper to allow space for the shadows. A limited few colours were used from the Rembrandt pastel range to do the drawing, and ongoing shading of the branches; green greys, grey-browns and touches of yellow-green.
The lawn was initially begun with a spread of cross-hatched lines done with conte carre sticks, using magenta, dark blue and a purple; this helped to lay in the pattern of the dark shadows. The lighter areas were also hatched in, using paler greens; followed by a light fixing spray. From here, softer pastels went in for the shadows, using Unison's dark greens, along with touches of complementary red or violet. Even in shadow the grasses and small flowers were perfectly visible, so these areas still needed to display some detail.
The background to the tree was created with darker blues and greys and "grubby" browns, smudged a little to reduce the edges of the individual marks. The mass of green leaves was worked with various soft-pastel greens, allowing for areas of strong sunlight in brighter yellows. Touches of red were added to give a little "flicker" of complementary colour.
Eventually the sunlit areas of grass were worked in, using green-yellows and a golden yellow; dotted with tiny marks for the blades of grass, seeds and flower-heads.
The pastel paper used was white PastelMat. I decided to use white in order to assist with the luminosity required for the sunlit patches.