|Out on the Water, pastel, 9 x 12|
My textured surface (hardboard prepared with pumice gel) helped me to convey the sand texture without rendering very much...just needed to keep the values accurate in the shadows and sunlit areas. I was tempted to get more contrast in the tall grass, which my photo actually indicated, but felt it was more important to simplify there and just made adjustments with color temperature instead. I used the negative spaces within the grass to pull the viewer's eye beyond the line of grass further into the scene. I opened up these negative spaces more than what was shown in the photo.
In our next class, we'll probably add more water to the scene!