We wrapped up our four week pastel class this Wednesday, and I was hoping to finish this painting. I think it's about finished, but I'll set it aside for May and bring it back to class in June to see if there's anything I want to change or add.
You can see how it evolved from the sketch. One of favorite iPhone apps is Hueless. It's the best app for checking your values and I'll use it as I work on my paintings, checking it against my reference photo.
This was one a shot using Hueless taken about half-way through the class as I was working on the lower foreground area. It helps me see where I need to either lighten or darken the pastel. You can use value viewers, like these, of which I have several, but my phone is often easier to grab. And the hueless app doesn't have the same limitations as the hand-held viewers with red pastels.
I've also been slowly working on getting this watercolor still life completed. I've posted some in-progress shots on Instagram. I was really pleased with how the pumpkins were coming along and I was quite nervous about adding a background.
Sometimes you have to be brave and repeat after yourself, "it's only paper.... it's only paper...."