Friday, July 27, 2012
"The Center of Attention" 5" X 7" Pastel
I often do an underpainting by massing in the basic shapes (no details), then using either alcohol or water and a brush to wash the different areas. It creates a good roadmap to values and colors for when I lay in the pastel.
This time, after I sketched in my subject I broke out my box of Caran d'Ache Neocolour II water soluble crayons and colored in the basic shapes - just like we used to color as kids. Then, using water I "painted" each shape and the crayon turns to an opaque watercolor. It does the same thing as the first method, but the colors are a bit brighter. Sometimes, I'll use a very wet brush and let the colors run a bit just because I like that effect. You might see this above at the very top where the green from the leaf ran into the background color. It's all just personal preference, but it's so enjoyable to experiment!
This painting is listed on Daily Paintworks at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/carol-flatt-1045
Posted by Carol Flatt