Sunday, February 06, 2011

First Plein Air of the Year, a Pan Pastel

First plein air of the year!

Well, sort of. I packed up my pan pastels and sat in the car at the beach and painted the snow covered dunes.
I was wondering how I would like using the pan pastels out of the studio, how they would travel, ease of use etc. I loved using them working directly from nature. This piece was done using the drawing set, with only the addition of the light blue, and just a few touches of ocher and orange/yellow from the landscape set.

Someone must have invented a plein air carry case or travel bag for these already, so I will be searching the internet looking for a safe compact way to take these outdoors with me in the future. I'll let you know what I find.

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Joan Cole said...

Jan, Your painting is luscious! Yummy colors. Bravo!

brendathour said...

Beautiful painting! Pan pastels is something I'd like to try in the future.

Roxanne Steed said...

Do you have them placed in a muffin pan right now? This is lovely!! Do you apply them with a brush or foam-headed tool of some sort?

robertsloan2art said...

Beautiful painting! That kind of weather, I'd be painting from the car too. I love how your limited palette gave the whole scene such a beautiful unity.

A pochade box the size of the 10 color tray could work, though you might be shuffling which tray is on top with only ten colors or have to choose them carefully before going. It's an interesting logistic problem. I'll have to think about that, when it gets warmer I definitely want to bring my Pans out for plein air.