This is an original pastel drawing from a series that I have created by visiting and studying specific locations at Huntington Beach’s Shipley Nature Center. At each location I create a series of pleinair paintings throughout the year, then I create the following year large paintings and charcoal drawings, pastel drawings and prints. This pastel drawing location was the first of the series in the Nature Center. Shipley Nature Center is dedicated to preserving the landscape as it was by only allowing indigenous plants to flourish there and though it is tended to it still helps one feel the nature of the Southern California unblemished landscape. It was a great experience for me to begin my understanding and heart in Southern California natural landscapes.
My pastel drawings are made from soft pastels. Soft pastels are a versatile medium that allow you to build layers of brilliant colors and tones. The pastel is applied to fully express the Southern California light and the visceral feeling I felt during the study of the location.