Friday, 16 November 2012

Falling Leaves in Pastels

Falling Leaves
Pastel by Jane Ward 


I've had the pastels out for the last week and realise how much I've missed painting with these messy little devils! Using the fisher 400 pastel paper with an Arcylic under base with transparent primaries first, then pulling the scene together with pastels in a negative painting method seems to  paint itself! 
Wow how good is that, you don't use too much pastel or need such a wide variety of colours.
I demonstrated this technique to the Watermillock art group  near Ullswater this week and they all produced some fabulous work. 




Step One this shows the Acrylic under painting, next came the pastels when the paper was thoroughly dry


Step Two  Pastels are applied in the background to help create a sense of depth to the paintings with cool shades, warmer colours are used in the foreground to bring the painting forward.

2 comments:

bluoso said...

Ciao Jane, hai ben ragione di essere soddisfatta del tuo lavoro, è davvero bello e fai bene a proporre i pastelli anche ai tuoi allievi. Buon mese di dicembre, penso che tu ami tutte le stagioni, del resto i tuoi paesaggi con la neve sono sempre favolosi.

jane ward said...

Ciao Luigi,
Sei molto gentile e sì mi piace paesaggi invernali e attendo con ansia la pittura felice neve

I think this is a rough translation
Hi Jane, you've got reason to be well satisfied, your work is really good and you do well to propose even pastels to your students. Happy December, I think that you love all seasons, after all your snow landscapes are always fabulous.