Pastel and Acrylic on Spectrum Colourfix Paper
I always love teaching these workshops where we combine acrylic and pastels. The acrylic wash layer establishes an interesting and expressive underpainting which enables the artist to leave areas unfinished and to avoid that all too familiar 'chocolate box' finish. The underpainting should ideally be made up of a limited palette and it can appear quite dull in tone. The fresh layer of pastel pencil should restore those brighter values and establish the highlights. It is worth the preparation and patience.