Of interest here, is that this pastel (based on a photo I took in Florida) is a second attempt. The first was a huge disappointment. A few years after setting the first one (also a pastel) aside, I developed a method for planning a successful painting. I put it to the test with this composition, and was much happier with the results. Still somewhat rough, but much more in keeping with the atmosphere I'd been trying to convey when I initially decided to make the painting. I'll be offering a workshop on my method this spring; see news.
The competition was held at the Adams County Arts Council's arts education center, Gettysburg, Pa.