This is a pastel version of the charcoal sketch shown below. It is actually the same sketch used in my previous post, but with a very different sky and mood.
This was done on Fabriano HP Watercolor paper, over which I applied a colorful watercolor wash before starting in charcoal. Most of the sky that is visible in this painting is just the watercolor shining through. I have whittled down my pastel range to only about 10 colors now. Applied over the charcoal, I seem to get the color mood I like with this simple combination.
As I write now this painting stands in my living room on the floor. I still have to remove it from the board over which I stretched it. Looking at it as I write makes me happy.
Two verses from a poem by Rilke:
14 This is my labor - over it my shadow lies like the shell of a nut. It's true I'm the same as leaves and mud, but as often as I pray or paint it is Sunday, and in the valley I am a jubilant Jerusalem. ... My streets rise toward sunrise. After people have left me alone a long time it happens that I am larger. Inside me I hear steps ring and I stretch my loneliness out from eternity to eternity. Rainer Maria Rile, tr. Robert Bly, in Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
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