Winter Coat-Update

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.

Pencil Wolf 4

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About Kay Witt

Kay creates hand drawn pastel paintings of animals capturing their spirit and personality. Her lifelike paintings seem so real they could speak. Her favorite subjects are horses and wolves. She has loved and admired horses since childhood. She has had a varied career as an illustrator and graphic artist. She has designed illustrations for book covers, logos, and Christmas cards. She has also painted wall murals for businesses and private homes as well as set backgrounds. Kay currently teaches pastel workshops and gives art lessons in her home studio in Strasburg, VA. All skill levels are invited to attend. A list of available workshops can be found on her website, www.kaywitt.com on the Workshop page. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of Virginia, the Artisan Trail of Shenandoah Valley and the Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts. See www.kaywitt.com for more information.

2 thoughts on “Winter Coat-Update

  1. Patsy Dodson

    Thank you for sharing this dilemma as well as the resolution to it. It was interesting.

    So do you like the mat board you used? And is it the pro art (paper?) I think I remember you mentioning a few months ago? I guess these aren’t one in the same since one is board and one is paper, I think — maybe not. Or maybe when the paper is mounted on the board it’s called mat board?

    Still would love to paint “Bubbles” with you. I know everyone there will have so much fun painting it.

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