It's been some time since I last painted with pastels. Pastels were my first painting medium but I've largely abandoned them lately. I enjoy painting with acrylics but I figure a change of medium might help me get out of my slump so I got the pastels out. To really kick it in gear I decided to challenge myself to not only paint with pastels but to also finish one small pastel landscape painting every day for at least a week. Hopefully this will create the jump start that I need.
Just like much of the country northern Utah is experiencing a bit of a heat wave, though if memory serves me 100 dg+ weather used to not be all that uncommon in July and August but by the way they are making a big deal of it the stats must say different. Anyway, it's way too hot to be painting outdoors in the late afternoon, or evening and that's the only time I have available during the week so I have to settle for using photo references and work in my comfortable, air conditioned studio, boo hoo.
To cool myself down, at least mentally I picked an autumn scene and to help keep it simple I chose a nature scene. I encountered this quiet, shady spot while taking a walk on the Jordan River Parkway in the Jordan Narrows section. I enjoyed taking in all the various colors and textures of the foliage, trees, grasses and bushes while I rested a bit, of course I enhanced those things a bit in the painting;
9" X 12", pastel on paper
I really enjoyed getting dusty with the pastels again, this should be a fun week.