I was recently asked if I would be interested in creating samples of artwork in different mediums on different types of papers for a paper company. I was both excited and leery of the project. It excited me that it was motivation/opportunity to get out my stored away art supplies from my college days. It scared me that it has been since I was in college that I created artwork without using a computer. I get creative at times with my graphic design work, but its not the same as getting my hands covered pastels dust.
I broke out a few art books and looked for inspiration. I have a book that is called Essential Monet, filled with Monet paintings. I enjoy his and the other Impressionists work. I found his painting, La Falaise de Ste.-Adresse (1873) and was inspired to emulate it using pastels.
It was a fun exercise, to try to capture the same feel as the master. With the pastels medium, turned out softer than the painting. I also changed up the landforms slightly, but I think I was able to achieve the impressionist feel. And not at one point during the process I tried to use my pastel stick like a computer mouse, so success.