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.