Today I decided to use Strathmore “pastel paper” that I’ve had sitting, just waiting for a painting to emerge. The problem is I have a supply build up of this paper, because when I began painting it was on sale and being a novice was excited to buy this for a very good price. Now it sits and waits for attention . . .
There are many artists who use this paper, because of the “little” checks that peek through giving lots of texture to a painting – personally it drive me nuts. Which is the primary reason this paper sits in a corner, undisturbed. Not to totally knock this paper, there are plenty of good uses for this surface that I can think of:
- If you want to break up the color, this is a great support the texture allows colors underneath to show through and the effect can be unique and beautiful.
- Snow scenes work well because of the texture. So if you are looking for old, crusty snow or messy pathways this would be a good paper to paint with.
- If you have a scene with a hazy atmosphere, again this texture would lend well for that.
As you can see there are some very good scenario’s that this textured paper lends itself too. Being frugal I don’t like to see things wasted, so today I decided to wake the stack of paper up and played around painting a snow scene. I’m happy that I was able to work with the paper, the texture was perfect for the snow.
This oil pastel is a 7×5 (Strathmore Pastel Paper, cream tinted) . . .
The painting was inspired by a photograph taken by Laura Montgomerie of pmp.