»Endless sky« (Triptychon)
pastel, 2011, je 97×35 cm, Astrid Volquardsen
From time to time it is good to move on to new ground. In this case it’s not so much about what I paint, but on what I paint. I discovered a paper from Uart which is also available in larger sizes. As much as I love the Sennelier card, I find its size sometimes very limiting.With a new paper and format I had to face new challenges. First of all it takes some kind of physical effort to rub in the first layer of pigments. To keep an kind of overview I painted with an outstretched arm most of the time. The pastel strokes appear different in a smaller format. With a size like this, I could keep it more loose and coarse.
For the upper parts of the painting it sometimes was easier to use the small ladder.