BIRKDALE BEACH – PASTEL PAINTING

With the morning light on the dunes the marram grass glows and glistens and cajoled me into working up this view of the beach at Birkdale where I live. I had forgotten I had done a very similar piece before in April and it was only as I was storing this painting that I saw the earlier work. I had forgotten it, probably as I wasnt too taken with the regularly repeating rows of grass I had managed to get on that one. So I got the old painting out again and gave it a dose of reworking and here it is:

On the top painting I blocked in the dark areas with dark acrylic paint before applying the pastels and that saved a lot of time and layers of pastel in achieving the shadows and darker passages, In the lower painting darks were built up with pastel alone.

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7 thoughts on “BIRKDALE BEACH – PASTEL PAINTING

      • The later version has a lot more depth for me and the little details like the water draining in the mid ground add interest.

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    • Thanks. I think the dark underpainting allows for more depth when the pastels are applied on top. Though someone likes the other one, maybe because the way the beach dissolves into the sea and sky in the background – so if I combine the second view with the acrylic process everyone will be happy – even me.

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