So, After a few more storms this year, and for him , a coupla shows, My friend Ray set us up to go plein-air in Oils one fine morning. I met him at the old desserted chicken ranch that belongs to my fella's cousin. We had permission to go out into the fields around this property to find a compostion for painting, it was a nice day. We set up near one another, so I could learn more about using Oils , which is new to me. I felt set to go, as I had a new back-pack with my painting stuff inside and a new 1/2 french easel to break in.....or break, which ever comes first!! This one is from Daniel Smith catalog and I hope it holds up. It was a flat- light grey day, the sky being quite silver looking----here is what I did for this endevor, my 4th plein-air in Oils. Then the very next day, my Pastel friend from Dayton, Nevada drove over to spend the day plein-air -ing with pastles! What could be better? We walked up behind the ranch here in Carson Valley and found a place that had both snow and trees. She wanted the snow, and I just wanted to figure out How to paint some of the nice trees along the path where I walk , with the pets and have spent a lot of time. Don't believe this is quite what I want---but its a start!!!! I used a pink Canson paper as I felt it went well with the greens of both the tree and the sage........My comp. needs work, paths aren't my thing I guess!!! And even tho it was sunny---I got so cold doing this! About 2 hours of time. So we went down to the house for Lunch-----and to decide what to do for the pm. My friend had some Pastle Mat------we had never used it before. We pulled up a photo on a lap-top and composed from it. It was to cold to go back outside!! (really) And this is what I did---its a scene right in the back yard, but I left out the Mt. range back there.
Pastel Mat is an amazing surface to use---This was a medium grey----I just don't know how it takes the pastle, but it goes on like paint! Great Fun. ( I think "pastelmat" is one word?)