What ARE you trying to achieve? Well, I can tell you what I'm not trying to render. When painting, I'm NOT going for photo realism. I realized that years ago while aiming for that very thing. Why would I want to create the exact same image that I'm using for reference ... when that image is right there in front of me? I'm not even aiming for completely accurate. Shocking!!
I know ... sometimes my scale is slightly off, or .... wait for it ... my proportions!! Whaaaa?!
When painting with pastel, my goal is to build a feeling. I want the viewer to feel a memory, or a welcoming space that their imaginations can enter into. I want them to get caught up in the use of light, and beautiful colour. And because THAT is my goal, most of my concentration is on a series of steps - applying colour in a way that enhances shadow, and builds towards light, throughout the spectrum.
Creatives like to jump into a project wholeheartedly, with brushes in both hands, and all the tools on the table, thinking that an abandoned approach will make for good art. Don't get me wrong - painting blind can be fun and rewarding. But I would like to suggest, as I do in my workshops, that slowing down, and working through a series of steps, can bring your art to place of satisfaction more times than not.
Here is a little basket study that I've done. The steps are simple:
COOL ----> WARM
DARK ----> LIGHT
LOOSE ---> TIGHT
What are YOU trying to achieve in your art? I would love to hear about your work. Leave a link below for others to see as well.