Woman with Long Hair
12.50" x 9.50"
Hard and soft pastels on La Carte Pastel card, Sennelier. Blended only on the underpainting and kept final strokes crisp. Happy with the hair and light on forehead. I don't like to use my fingers for blending, especially on sanded paper. La Carte is smoother than Wallis sanded paper, but still has plenty of tooth. I use a piece of foam pipe insulation, six foot piece about 98 cents at hardware store for blending. Cut on the diagonal into small pieces... will last me about a year even after giving pieces to friends and students. This foam pushes the pastel into the paper much like a finger, instead of wiping it off like a paper towel does. And the sharp diagonal can get into smaller places than a finger.