My pastel painting today is from a photo by Michael Yates. He posted it in 2010 to Paint My Photo which is a copyright free site. I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge of the week. The challenge was to paint with your non-dominant hand and was suggested by Christine Holzschuh. I knew when I saw the challenge that I would try a landscape/ seascape. I had recently had an email from a friend in Hawaii who is an artist on vacation from Illinois. Lucky her! We just had some ice, then a downpour of rain and thunder! Anyway I didn't want to use her photo because she might get really mad at me! My friend Corrine had told me about Paint My Photo. I went to their gallery of photos and searched for "Hawaiian sunset". Believe it or not this was the only one I found with that tag. I was true to the challenge until the very end when I forgot one time and found myself changing to my right hand to get the mast drawn in as straight as I could. I quickly switched back to my left hand. Working with the opposite hand was not easy, and I have a stiff neck from holding my body in a different direction. But other than that I found I could accommodate to it. Maybe my brain grew a little? Ya think?!
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16"w x 12"H on Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Paper.