And Now for Something Completely Different... Pastels

Last year I took a little pastels class. I had a couple antique boxes of some nice quality French and German pastels that my dad gave me a while ago and I thought it was about time I learned how to use them. It's a shame to let art supplies like those go to waste.  These little painting sketches are the results of that class (I just completely forgot to share until now). I haven't done any more pastel paintings since the class, but I have a few ideas for some nice atmospheric sci-fi type of landscapes I think this media is perfect for. 

Big Sur

Big Sur

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

New Zealand Mangroves

New Zealand Mangroves


Photo: Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake

There's a short path leading from the parking area directly to this little gem of a lake. I'm not really sure why it's classified as a lake. It seems more like a pond to me. Is there some sort of official classification for bodies of water when naming them? Where is the defining line between a pond and and lake?

The "lake" is spring fed and this is believed to be the origin, not from volcanic processes as the name would suggest. That sounds like more misleading nomenclature to me. The lake is a LIE, I tell you. However, don't let that dissuade you from visiting if you are in the area. It's quite the package of pretty and easliy accessed for the less athletically inclined sightseers.