Plein air mini challenge with soft pastel

The order I painted these: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right My main goal with buying a few soft pastel supplies was to get outdoors to paint more. Ultimately I want to be painting more outdoors in oils, but the setup is more involved than soft pastels and there’s not always time for that level of time commitment. I put together a kit that fits in a relatively small messenger bag that includes a small set of soft pastels, some hard pastels, precut 5×7 Canson Mi-Teintes papers, a backing board to clip the papers to, and various supplies…

Trying out soft pastels

“Distant Light”, 6×8 pastel on paper I definitely was not looking for another painting medium to buy. But several oil painters I admire talk about how much soft pastels hooked them when they tried them out, and my curiosity got the better of me. I do see why they enjoy them! I like that I can put down color directly, and layer to build new colors. My set is very small, and rather than fall down the hole of endless pastel colors I’m seeing what I can do with the colors I have. I think this will help me develop…