Horses & Animals in Pastel 

Although acrylic is my primary medium of expression, I still enjoy painting with pastels in colorful, close-up and semi-abstract compositions of horses and other animals. 

Working on sanded pastel paper I tone with red-orange acrylic, I scrub in an initial layer of color leaving some of the orange color peeking through.
I blend areas with my fingers and rework the surface using a variety of stokes and different mark-making techniques to create an abundance of textures. 

I like the rich depth of color and the immediacy of the results I can achieve with pastels.