Hello All Seasons Bloggers,

Your posts of last week were fun and entertaining,
as well as some with a delightful educative slant.
Enjoyed them all with all my heart
Thank you for taking time in the busy December month!


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I finally made some headway last week. I saw a blog (see bottom) and was mesmerized by the landscape I saw. I immediately knew, this had to be a pastel.
It took me 40 minutes though to finally get all the paints,
paper, and cover the couch and table to start,
after I was given permission by the blogger.
Now I am without a studio, I paint in the living room!
Don’t have to feel sorry for me. This is what I chose for!


My preference for paper to make a pastel resembles
a colored sanding paper with a rough tooth,
so I can get as many layers on there as necessary.
Sorry I cannot live out my creativity 
with the flimsy Mi-Teint  paper.

I use soft pastel (it looks like chalk), not oil pastel.
Do not want a shine on there. Pastel is as trustworthy
and enduring as the oil medium.
Several well known masters of the past (Rembrandt,
Degas, etc.) made use of it.
Also, in contrast to smoothly blended colors,
I like the structure of the several layers of colors
to be visible.

Here I made a rough outline with pencil, and start with
dominant colors: Deep ultramarine, Turquoise blue,
and light pinkish brown.



The background mountains and the pier are the first
two things  being put in place. Later I move
the 2nd pillar a little more to the right,
to create the feeling of roominess.

Since one cannot mix with water or oil when working
with soft pastel, the shades of a color are made
with another color (not always the lighter version
of the same color – no rules here, just experience!).

In the beginning with this medium I began
with a hard Nu pastel, moved to a mid-soft
Rembrandt, and saved very soft Sellenier for last.
Not anymore.
Hardly use pastel pencils anymore either
(one’s fingers become more agile,
the more one does this).

Then at the end, I use a spray fixative
especially for pastel, pencil, and charcoal.


Matching up the reflection, after I finished the “real”
mountains range in the back.
Also continue with more of the water in the foreground.
Maybe you have already seen that I move
from the right to the left, because that is how
I usually look at images. Yes I know, my sleeve gets
a color too, but that’s for later worry.


Pastel,  13 1/2  x  19 1/2 inch, ©St Germain,
View of Hallstatte’s lake


Most of the adjustments took place between
the third and the final stage.The mountains are
now lighter, the sky more blue,and the foreground
of the water lighter.

This may seem just a few colors, but used
32 pastel sticks (all of a different color).
For a landscape I change little things here and there,
so it is not a copy, but a representation
of my impression of Hall Statte.
Can’t wait to see this beautiful view myself some time!

Traude at Rostrose on blogspot was so kind
to give permission to use her image of this place
at Hallstatte.If you like to see more of the beauty
at Hall Statte, visit her here:)


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    1. Thank you Steven! Coming from you who has seen art in so many countries. So, will I go in history as one of the Dutch painters? What heaven thinks is more important though than the opinion of earth:)


  1. Thank you for sharing your painting. It was my pleassure to watching them. I only draw mandalas and cannot paint. (Just Only my home: ) My compliments for your work.

    Thank you also very much for your visit and nice response on one of my websites. Be also welcome to my other personal website where there are many poems and storys about live. I think you saw the link below my writing. I have many written and I am sure you will like them very much I hope to see you more often in new year and for now I wish you nice days, even though it’s a other and some strange Christmas, let’s keep the Christmas spirit in our hearts. And let we hope and wish that next year will be better. Greetings from South Holland, Netherlands

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  2. Thank you for sharing the process of your pastel work. It was interesting to see the work build up to the final. My mum used to draw with soft pastels. She didn’t beautiful work, but sadly did not continue with it during her life. Stay safe, happy mark making, and enjoy the rest of your week.


  3. I love working with pastel on rough paper too, Jesh. The vibrancy of your colours is wonderful.
    I’ve recently joined Instagram if you want to have a look at more of my art: @jammysevenk
    Thanks for hosting!


  4. Beautiful – I love seeing the process. My brother is an artist and I also love peeks into his process. Now my daughter has an atristic bend and it’s fun to have a front row seat to her development.


  5. I remember having pastels as a kid. I’ve always enjoyed drawing. I wish I had more opportunities to take in-person classes. – Margy


  6. Dearest Jesh,
    Love your rendition of it even more than the photo at Rostrose’s blog.
    By the way, your link above is not working as you got it wrong;
    Notice the ‘e’ behind hallstatte… and salzkammergutt has one ‘t’ too many and the .html is missing so it didn’t go there…


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