I’ve put in four hours on this just on the pastel part… Maybe add another couple for the somewhat detailed watercolor underpainting I completed before beginning the soft pastel application. Due to school starting (I’m a teacher), over worked on it in 15 minute increments daily.
It’s the largest piece I’ve ever done, 20X16. UArt 400, every kind of pastel I own, including a considerable portion in pans.
In case you’re wondering, it’s my interpretation of the Hubble photograph of the lagoon nebula. Painting from Hubble photographs is one of my greatest joys. I call it an interpretation, because it’s not entirely true to the photo… And I don’t care. 😉 My goal was to give the feeling of the depth, size, mystery, and awe it brings.
You may be able to see that I’ve added just a touch of iridescence to enhance some areas.