Saturday, December 10, 2016

My first list of items to remember

As I paint pastels I find myself not remembering all of the steps to follow. 

After painting my latest painting below, while reviewing my reference photo something was bugging me. Then I realized what it was: the grass foreground. The reference photo has three distinct sections in the foreground: back, mid, and very close. Each one of these sections were painted differently. Because the block in values were different it reminded the original artist to use different colors in a different manner. My biggest mistake: I blocked in the grass section with the same brown color through out the section and blew it! Now it is very difficult to fix the painting without residual issues popping out in the finalized painting. It will make it look choppy and broken up. I am at a stand still with this painting. I may start over with this painting because I really like it. But this time I may keep the block in layer as a separate layer so I can tweak it later. I have learned a lot this time!

Here is my first attempt at a list to follow while painting a painting; that I threw together. I need a road-map. I plan on putting it on the wall and will try to follow it while I paint so I don't forget steps. I will update this list if I make hand-written changes to it while it is on my wall:

Steps to follow while painting landscape Pastel Paintings:
  1. Trace the image.
  2. Block in sky colors (3), mountain colors (3), mid-ground colors (3) including shadow areas (blues/purples), and foreground colors (3) including shadow areas (blues/purples).
  3. Light sky to dark foreground throughout the painting for dimension.
  4. Vary shades in every section while painting details. Usually at least 3-5 colors per section should be used for variety.
  5. In trees and bushes make sure to add sky holes.
Total colors to be used throughout painting: 12 block in colors, 20 detail colors: 32 total colors.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Step 2 of my next painting

Here is my next painting "Her Hillside" (NOT COMPLETED):
 2732 x 1355 pixels using Corel Painter 2017

This painting is going to be a simple painting. The image is the half done version after about two days work. Hopefully I will accomplish this painting before I leave. The figure of the lady on the hillside will be in the open spot in the grass. I still need to let the overall painting marinate. I'm not there yet and won't be painting tonight. It is time to start the list against what I have so far. Painting her will be new for me. A first. The first person I have painted. I will put her on her own layer so that I can tweak it. I am also thinking of creating another top layer(s) that will hold textures on them to give the painting a more painterly feel. The new version of painter supports this new feature and I'm excited to try it out. We shall see.

Wish me luck!