Since I expected this to just be a quick, "just for fun" sketch I dug out a failed painting and cleaned it off so I didn't have to prepare a new panel. Turns out part of that old painting will work with this new one. Also it turned out I was enjoying myself so much that I decided this won't be just a sketch. Here it is so far;
The background hills were more or less in the old painting as was the tree/bush on the right, so a little bit of the work was already done for me. Soft pastels are known for their vibrant color so I tried an experiment, I worked from a photo that I had converted to greyscale which meant the colors were totally up to me! Once I got started I totally forgot that the truck in the photo was actually green with some red parts and instead painted the whole truck red with some orange accents. Ya, I know the light version of red is pink, but pink always looks dull and chalky to me so I used a yellow-orange instead.
I had so much fun with this tonight this could signal a return to pastels for me, we'll see. First I need to finish this painting. It does need some adjustments to the drawing but I think I can wrap it up in one more session. Right now the painting is 15" X 17 1/2", I think in the end I'll probably crop it to a standard 12" X 16".
FYI, the truck is a 1953 or 54 International, I found it in a wrecking yard in Nephi, Utah.