CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE DUNE – PASTEL PAINTING

Undeterred by the sand flowing away from under your feet, you struggle on, brushing past the coarse marram grass and then glimpse sight of the sea. Now, you realise you’ve reached your objective.

This is the last of the short series of beach pastels I have been doing of late. All used the technique of underpainting with gouache and then overworking with pastel. I was trying to get a feeling of intimacy with this one, compared to the others which had a more panoramic detachment.

Other beach paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

13 thoughts on “CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE DUNE – PASTEL PAINTING

    • Thanks Tiffany. I find building up dark areas with just pastel can leave it overworked, so quickly applying some tonal washes (which can have varied hues) before adding the highlights with pastel seems to give cleaner results. You can of course paint a more detailed painting in gouache and then add finishing flourishes with pastel. i’ve seen that work well.

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