Hello again students,
Yesterday we worked on painting a flower (I chose the rose) using our pastel over watercolor techniques. I was so pleased with how you all worked on this project - I know it can be frustrating at first, buy you'll get it!
If anyone has a photo of my watercolor painting before I added the pastel, please email it to me I would like to add it to this blog post.
Here is the image I was working from and the small painting I did.
The main points I wanted to share are:
For next week, let's work on a simple landscape with a few lovely fall trees. Here is the image I will work from, choose another if you prefer, but keep it simple or you won't have time to finish it in class.
Click on the image and download it to your computer so you can print it out - or make your drawing from your computer or tablet.
Please make a drawing of this image on your watercolor paper by just indicating the simplest possible forms - with virtually no detail. Remember to squint to see the large shapes only. In class we will lay in the watercolor under painting and then add pastel.
Let's hold our critique near the end of class next week - it can run a little long otherwise and cut into our painting time.
So what are you to do with that UArt paper? Well, using a hard pastel, try drawing one simple (albeit well lit) object and laying in the watercolor washes. What did you notice after it dried? Next, add pastel and see if you like the feel of sanded paper.
What to do with the Kitty Wallis paper? No watercolor under painting needed here, the paper is already toned so just try laying in a pastel drawing with your hardest pastels first, then a layer or two with medium pastels and finally the brightest, lightest passages with your buttery soft pastels.
Here's a link to my old blog showing a local scene http://thecuttinggarden.blogspot.com/2012/12/red-barn-in-sequim-at-sunrise-and.html
Want to see the real pros? Check out these links http://barbarajaenicke.blogspot.com/
See you next Tuesday, hope the predicted storms aren't too bad, but get your candles out just in case!