This is the first in a series of paintings from our Solstice Celebration road trip where we slowly made our way down the Washington and Oregon coasts enjoying winter storms and a few bright clear days.
Floras Lake is a long lake that is separated from the ocean by a sand dune - which is what you see in the distance. The whole time we were watching the sun set we heard the surf in the distance.
I transferred my design onto a 12" x 18" piece of Uart 240 grit paper.
Next I washed the hard pastels into the support with alcohol.
Using soft pastels in lighter values I began to stroke pastel over the under painting allowing the darker paints to show through and resisting the temptation to paint detail.
I began to add the lightest values and the details to make the sunlight appear to be really intense.
Finally I added detail in the foreground and confused the edges of the clouds in the reflection in the foreground.
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