This is such a Laguna scene. The palms on the bluff are a landmark to most Southern Californians. I worked in plein air last week on a very lucky weather day. It was cold, but warmed up in the afternoon and no rain. I was out with Kim Lordier during her workshop. Taking a tray of pastels out and hooking them to an easel is tricky. I was careful and only dropped one pastel for the three days, now that was pretty good for me.
Kim is a very strong instructor. She has you do all the prep value sketches before you pick up a pastel. There are so many questions I must ask myself before I start. One of the only ways of answering them is by creating a notan or value pattern sketch. There is so much information and a clear map of how to proceed.