|After the Rain, pastel, 9 x 12|
My reference photo was shot on a rainy, misty day with low, diffused light, which works great for this type of technique when you don't need a lot of sharp contrast.
Following below are some photos from my demo...
|A very rough, soft edged block in using Nupastels.|
|Wet down with an alcohol wash.|
Even as I start layering colors and adjusting values,
I still keep edges soft in these early stages.
Once I get all areas of the painting covered, I start
defining only a few edges that need it.
In this case, the soft edges of most of the painting
made a nice backdrop for the crisp edges of
the foreground tree, which I defined in the later stages.
|Completed painting, "After the Rain" on Uart 320 grit.|
|The reference photo.|