I decided to go back out this afternoon to try out my new plein air pastel easel. Mainly because it just didn't seen sturdy enough to hold my pastel case. So I thought if the thing was gonna fall it might as well be in my yard. This way I could take the hour it would take to pick them up and know one would see. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it held the box just fine and nothing fell over. It wasn't as complicated to set up as it was yesterday and my guess is that it will just get easier as I get uses to it.
So this is my back yard birch trees and the corner of the house. I drew my sketch and then laid out a value sketch and stuck to it fairly well. I love the strength of the pigment I get with the pastel. When I paint I work it too much and blend out the color. I think I will try to do more of these around my house before I venture out with my gear.