Wednesday, October 20, 2010
New Soft Pastel Painting
Subject for the pastel painting: my photo of Millbrook Marsh in the early morning fog.
Paper - Canson Mi-Teintes(R) pastel paper - color "sand".
Pastels - soft pastels by Rembrandt(R), Prismacolor(R), and Sennelier(c). Using charcoal, lightly draw simple shapes to indicate areas of light/dark.
Cross check the drawing by turning the drawing and the photo upside down.
Lay in the underpainting with bright tones since this a fog scene. The underpainting will contribute to the final painting by virtue of layering of colors over one another to achieve the final effect.
Begin to lay in the lights and darks - begin with lightly applying color so the layering will be successful. Too much pigment on the Mi Tense paper will create a dusty buildup that is likely to become muddy or simply fall off the paper.
Tone down the underpainting in all areas and deepen the shadows/darker areas.
Lay in more fog using several colors of grays, blues, and lavenders.
Add some details and then wait for a few days to see what, if anything, needs changing. Such as changing the color value of an area to make it come forward in importance or recede and draw less attention; adding a new color to make some area sparkle; adding more detail - the photo has sticks in the water and brushes between the viewer and the scene. These were deliberately left out to simplify the composition. It's Soooooooo easy to over-work a pastel and end up with "mud."