Pastel on 640gsm Arches water-colour paper. This pelican is decimating the gold-fish population in a fish pond. I think he’s up to the last one. lol

I’m crazy trying to get detail using pastel but I do it every time. I can thank the heavens for pastel pencils! While I admire loose and free techniques in paintings from others I’m never satisfied with when I do it. I’ve set myself a task to do water. Dusty dry rocks etc I can manage pretty well but water in all it’s forms is the challenge. How could an old coastie like myself not be able to paint convincing water!