View Full Version : May Daffodils WIP xp Pastel Spotlight

05-02-2015, 12:21 PM
First of what may be more than one Spotlight pastel! Took a couple of progress shots but really ought to have got in one or two more when I first laid green over the red, then blended that, then put rough textures over it again. Pretend I did - the mixed blended color was vaguely olive with some reddish patches.

Daffodils stage 1 - just laid down some rough color.

Daffodils stage 2 - blended the first layer to work over it.

May Daffodils
8" x 10" landscape
12 Winsor & Newton half sticks pastels
Bee Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch Paper
Photo reference by DAK723

05-02-2015, 12:52 PM
These are fun, Rob! I like how you included the blue.

05-02-2015, 01:14 PM
Wow, your stage 2 looks nearly finished! Beautiful!

water girl
05-02-2015, 02:18 PM

05-02-2015, 03:42 PM
Purr thank you! I forgot to mention, the deep intense blue in person reads as a deep blue-green, there's a yellow glaze over it that vanished in the photo. It would have worked pure but it's less jarring in person.

05-03-2015, 06:30 AM
Very nice, Robert.

05-03-2015, 07:31 AM
That is some intense yellow. Beautiful daffodils.

05-03-2015, 01:34 PM
Thank you! The yellow's a little more saturated in person, very intense light lemon yellow with a warm yellow and a couple of cream accents in lightest highlights. The photo's caught the lightness but not the saturation. In person it looks even more luminous and gives a sense of transparency.

05-03-2015, 05:38 PM
nice play :)
it looks like there was a tinted substrate .

care to share + sticks ?


05-03-2015, 10:01 PM
Thank you! The paper's a rough brown paper, about like a grocery bag but even rougher and nicer for pastels. My favorite sketch paper. The pastels came in warm-cool yellow, red, blue, green, also white, black, reddish brown sienna sort of colour and a beige. Good combination for a small palette!

05-04-2015, 06:59 PM
Rob: I really appreciate your wips. I always learn something.

05-05-2015, 04:07 AM
Amazing how you made them pop out from the background!

Donna T
05-05-2015, 10:43 AM
I love the simplicity of the shapes and colors in Stage 2 - so bold and graphic. You finished it very nicely!

05-07-2015, 07:32 AM
Purr thank you! I moved the crop around a lot on teh photo before I came up with that. It's my usual way of doing notans, the lazy Gimp way. Open the photo and then view large and start moving sliders till I have what I want. I do a lot in my head but could easily adjust it to two values for a proper notan in black and white, then reverse... but I tend to do a lot of that in my mind or just looking at things.

Not sure why when I go around suggesting people sketch thumbnail layouts and notans and color studies. I think that I do a lot of that as warmup before my hands are up to painting, a disability runaround.