Banana leaves have caught my eye lately, as you can see. And there are plenty of them to study here in Florida. All I have to do is walk outside in the back, and peer over at my neighbor’s yard. Here, I used pastels on gessoed sketchbook paper to create the leaves. After drawing and blending the pastels with my fingers and a wet paintbrush, I painted some white gesso on top to create more definition between the leaves. I’d like to play around with these leaves and this technique some more and see what I can do with them.
One of the interesting things about this study is that I was able to use water to manipulate the pastels on the gessoed paper as if it were watercolor paint. Using this mixed media technique resulted in a good bit of texture, including a slight impasto effect, and I plan to use this method again. It was totally unplanned and experimental.