The Dreamy Tree

Dreamy tree. Soft pastels on watercolour paper. January 2014

I had a big container with 72 soft pastels laying around for almost two years. My lovely neighbour – an artist herself – gave them to me because she had tried them but not liked them. I then had a go, but decided that they were not “for me” and focused on coloured pencils. I even thought of giving them away but – fortunately – did not do it.

Last Saturday I opened the container, fetched my watercolour pad and began to paint. Don’t ask me why I did that – I just felt like doing it. I first built up the background, fixated it with (yes, I know, I hang my head in shame)–gulp–a hair spray, and when the painting had dried, painted the tree. I had done things which you should not do when painting with soft pastels: I had used watercolour paper, I had used cheap soft pastels (Jaxell – a brand which is unknown to everyone living outside Germany) and I hadn’t used a proper fixative. But: I had soo much fun doing it!


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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

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