Monday, March 10, 2008

Painting on Mi Teintes

Private Haven
7 x 10 soft pastels on Canson Mi Teintes pink paper
Miki Willa
I thought we had another sheet of Colourfix, but we have run out. We can't get it in the islands, so that means I have to make an order. It also means I have to paint on what is available and that is Canson Mi Teintes. I have a love/hate relationship with this paper. I love all the colors, I hate the texture - even the smooth side. I have to work harder to get coverage, except with my Sennies. They will cover any surface, I think. Then, of course, at 4:30 this morning, I selected the pink sheet. That was an adventure that I think worked with this painting. I had just read on Gurney's Journey that using a warm undertone was great for cooler colors like green and blue. It also worked to really warm up my sand. Casey Klahn says you should try as many surfaces as you can, so I guess I will be playing with pink Mi Teintes this week.
In Hawaii, there are not supposed to be any private beaches. This beach is tucked behind chain fencing near a beach park. All the signs say No Trespassing!! Of course, my friend and I squeezed through a narrow place near the gate and got great views of a perfect beach. I still have not learned who owns it and how they get away with keeping it private. We were all set to do some plein air painting that day, but decided to take photos of this beach and find a more public place to do our painting that day.
The photo below is for Julie at Virtual Voyage. She put up some dynamite cloud photos this morning. I took this one on the way home from work. Fortunately, I caught a red light. I have been known to take pictures while driving on the freeway. Never a good thing, but sometimes it is the only way to get the picture.


Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Lol - great photo - (some very steep hills in Hawaii??) (:

Have you ever tried working on fine grade sandpaper for an experimental effect ... use up old ends of pastel.
Quite a different experience. I have one or two pastel drawings - will post a portrait for you on the end of today's post.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Miki - pastels posted as a new post.
Love the restful picture of the beach, btw!