I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Monday, May 7, 2012
From Behind the Birch Trees, pastel, 9 x 12
My demo from this morning's pastel class. This was done on mounted Uart paper with an alcohol wash underpainting. Since several students in this class are new to using a liquid underpainting technique, I kept the initial stage pretty basic, just focusing on a tonal underpainting to set up the value structure. Sorry I didn't remember to snap a photo of the underpainting phase.:-( I used just two colors (a dark purple Nupastel and an even darker purple Terry Ludwig) to rough in the base layer, and then created the wash with a bristle brush and alcohol. I find that working on top of a tonal underpainting makes it easier to select the correct values for my color choices during the rest of the painting process.