|Rounding the Bend Again, pastel, 9x12|
This method works great for hazy or foggy atmospheric conditions. The reference photo I used for the painting shown here was shot on a misty day with hazy, diffused light conditions, which was perfect for this approach!
I notice that many of my students struggle with overdefining edges that could be much softer, or even eliminated. So for my demonstration I blocked in the entire painting without using lines or edges. (I did VERY lightly pencil in a just a few guidelines for me to block in the shapes and colors I wanted to start with.) Any definition of edges used in the painting were gradually added at later stages.
|Blocking in with a variety of Nupastels.|
I kept it very abstract at the start, addressing only
large shapes and overall composition.
|I used an alcohol wash to wet down the underpainting.|
|Since my focal point is toward the upper right, that's |
the only place I allow a few edges to start to be defined.
|In the refinements here, I make small value adjustments.|
|Completed painting, on Uart 320 grit mounted to|
acid free foam board.