I thought you might like to see the progression with this portrait. So here’s a sneak peak of how I work:
In the first picture we have added skin tones and shading. I spend a lot of time around the eyes. You will also notice I have laid in a base coat for the other colors to blend into. There is just a hint of her hair and notice her pearl earrings!
In the second picture I have added the hairs and the beginnings of the background. One bubble has been put in and the others are drawn in.
In the third picture, I finished all the bubbles and her hand. All done except for final adjustments to the background and adding her cute striped sweater.
I added a post yesterday about my newest painting experiment with pastel mat and showed you the stages. After I thought I was done, I still kept fooling with it and rubbing the pastel on the right side with more blue.
As I did this a flaw in the surface began to appear. This flaw would not be covered with pastel–no matter how much I added. Since I was unfamiliar with the surface (this was my first painting on it), I was unsure what to do to fix it and how to proceed. It looked like I would have to start over. I was not willing to sacrifice my wolf and all the time I put in to its creation. So where do you go to get answers?? The internet.
After searching, I took a paintbrush and wet it and then brushed over the area with water and let it dry overnight. This morning I awoke to a large even spot on my painting. The flaw was evened out but now I had a spot:( I added more pastel and guess what? My flaw returned. I then tried brushing off excess pastel(outside) and then spraying the area with fixative. After it dried , I applied more pastel. Guess what?? The flaw returned. Sigh….
Then I decided that since the painting was probably a goner, I added a darker color over the blue I had used on the right hand side. I brushed the blue off first so as not to have too much pastel dust on the painting. It worked very well!! I was relieved and glad to save my painting.
It also looks much better to have darkened that side. The wolf now lives in the space and the dark adds depth to the painting.
I have been experimenting with pastel pencils this week on a different surface. I wanted to offer something new in classes this year and also be able to have a class at World of Color Expo that would introduce participants to pastel painting.
Instead of using velour, I used pastel mat as my support. This was really different for me. I also used NuPastels as base colors and then Stablio Carb Othello pencils. Here was my original drawing:
This was different and fun. I base coated the main colors with the NuPastels and then added his gorgeous coat with the pencils. Here’s another picture of my progress:
I continued working and was very pleased with the results. The pastel mat holds lots of pastel. The pencils make it easy to make gorgeous fur. It was a fun way to get a realistic representation of the wolf. This will make a fun project for a one day class in March at my studio. Here’s the finished painting!
We are going to the World of Color at the Dulles Washington Hilton Nov 12-15, 2014. We are pleased to make our 10 best workshops of the last 2 years available for purchase. Each set of workshop instructions contains a full size drawing of the project for transferring , the color list of all the colors of pastel used to complete the project and detailed instructions with step by step photos of the painting as it progresses from beginning to end. We will offer these for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. We will also have light gray velour paper available for sale at WOCE.
If you would like any of these projects just send me an email.
If you are at WOCE on Nov 13-15, stop by our booth and say “hello”!!