November Sky

“Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moon rise”. – G. Taber

As large snowflakes cover the ground in winter, memories of beach days linger.  Even my recent pastel painting “November Sky” seems to be a distant vision.  I began the painting with an underpainting of pastel which I brushed down with 70% alcohol wash.  This allows me to build up several layers of pastel.  It is  always a challenge to render the patterns in the sand created by the waves, wind, and even footprints. I used a variety of pastels including Great American, Rembrandt, Terry Ludwig, Sennelier, and Unison brands.