A big thank you to those people who provided very useful feedback, where, in this post, I asked for some advice as to which medium and style of painting I should use to create a little landscape painting that I intended to use as a Christmas gift for a relative. I was fascinated that the replies were split pretty evenly.
After a lot of thought and deliberation, here is the finished product:
I'm really happy with how the painting has turned out! I hope you are too, as I consider it a team effort!
I decided to use all your advice by combining both pastel AND watercolour.
The technique I used was so much fun and was so enjoyable, I just have to share with you how I created my masterpiece (just in case I've inspired you to try painting your own composition in this style):
First, you create an "underpainting" using pastel on Rains paper. (Rains paper is not only a brand, but a type of paper. It is really important you use this specific type of paper, as it is actually 100% cotton, rather than wood pulp.) After you've completed your pastel creation, you take good old vegetable oil on a brush and then "paint" the pastel in. You can finish your composition at this point or, if you'd like, you can then take a watercolour pencil and add fine detail over the top. If you'd like, after you've finished working with the pencil, you can either leave it, or, once again, take a fine paintbrush and use water to create different effects. Honestly, this technique is so much fun - if you can try it yourself, I'd urge you to. The colours you can create are absolutely magic. I'm just sorry my photos don't do the artwork justice!
Here's another photo of my landscape framed as the gift recipient will see it (glass is my enemy):
Now I just have to cross my fingers that my gift recipient actually likes it!
Again, thanks so much everybody for your help deciding on the direction I should take with this painting - I really do appreciate it.
Have a wonderful weekend, I'll see you next week with more of my Kate-land adventures!