An accurate drawing is vital when painting mountains. Block in the sky using the flat side of a pastel and working from dark to light, and then block in the mountain. Highlight areas of snow, and then add more colors. Make your corrections before adding more color and finer details. The final stage involves increasing the color and detail across the whole painting.
First, block in the key areas of the scene, such as the light source and the reflections in the water. Using the chisel edge of a pastel helps you accurately draw the main elements in the painting and their shadows.
When painting a still life, you have complete control over your subject, as you choose the lighting, background, objects, and textures. Sketch your subject loosely using a pastel pencil, and then begin adding colors and shadows.
Painting buildings presents a challenge to a pastel painter, as there are many details to include. By using a combination of soft pastels and pastel pencils, however, amazing results can be achieved.