I would like to share one of my latest pastel paintings inspired by the kinds of summer flowers we enjoy here at our farm in Indiana. I am including process photos.
As I get ready for winter to set in (it is early December and boy, don’t I feel blessed to have had such nice weather up till now), I can look over at my wall where this painting is hanging and fondly remember balmier times!
As a side, I am also trying out a new (for me) blog editor: BlogPad Pro. It is free at the App Store, and I have to say, so far it has been a joy to use!!
Now onto the post!
So the first thing I did was to loosely sketch my composition. Nothing too detailed, just the main placement of the larger flowers.
My next step was to do a loose watercolor underpainting. The Uart paper handles watercolor washes very well. No buckling or coming untaped from the support. You can see I used lots of violet to complement all the green I knew I would be applying later.
Choosing Palette & Blocking In Background
Below are the pastels I believed would be useful in this painting, though I added more as the painting went on!
To the right is my reference inspiration. You can see I was not being literal with the photo.
Blocking In the Flowers
This step taught me to be grateful for the selection of colors in my “Garden” set of Jack Richeson Hand Rolled soft pastels!
Refining Local Color
Below you can see that the lower daisy has been developed more than the upper one.
Adjusting Flower Shapes & Color
I didn’t like the shapes of the nearest yellow flowers, so I adjusted them to look less regular.
Final Adjustments & Framing!
My final steps were to add some small flicks of yellow-orange to help break up the background.
Then I decided to frame this painting in a rustic barn wood frame, unmatted, using spacers between the glass and pastel.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Let me know in the comments what you are working on, and I will try to check out your blog.