During my time in New Zealand in January and February of this year (2011) I was able to complete a good number of pastel paintings. Those who are familiar with my work may note some new directions in these works. First, I've been experimenting with more vivid colours and more abstracted compositions, in contrast to my usual muted, fairly textured landscapes. The bright tropical colours and clear light of the South Pacific certainly aided this exploration!
As well, I spent some time trying the use of acrylic underpaintings, with the paint thinned to watercolour consistency. For example, in this close-up of dune grasses, the entire background of sand was completed with acrylic washes overlaid with spattered and dripped paint to simulate the texture of sand. Only the grasses and their shadows are pastel.
Take a look at the new gallery added inside the "Galleries" tab and see what you think of this new work!