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05-11-2015, 11:46 AM
For the first time I did a pastel underpainting using alcohol wash. It seemed to help me get the color vibrancy in the reds and oranges. This is
5x7 on rust colored St. Armands. Please disregard the dirty mat. I use it to keep the painting from touching the screen when I scan it.

05-11-2015, 12:00 PM
Great idea using a precut mat to keep the painting from touching the scanner glass. That's awesome. Gives a nice clean look to the edges of the painting too. Thanks for showing that underpainting! I love to use an alcohol wash underpainting, been doing that recently on the Colourist stuff and it's great. Sometimes alcohol sometimes water or watercolor. It really helps to have that layer of mapping out everything!

Love those flowers and abundant leaves! Gorgeous painting.

water girl
05-11-2015, 01:00 PM
Which paper did you use? I don't scan my paintings, but like you, I put a mat over the finished piece. I have a mid grade digital camera. I put the painting and mat flat on the ground under the covered patio on a bright day. I stand on a stool or chair (if a large piece), zoom in a bit, using the square sides of the mat to keep distortion at a minimum. Then I upload to photo program and crop out the mat.

05-11-2015, 03:56 PM
Watergirl: I used Richeson premium from a samplerpack I got from Dakota. Still experimenting with surfaces. I first tried pastels jusy about a year ago. So far I like pastelmat Canson touch and velour thatxwas in the sample. The velour was a lttle strange compared to other surfaces.
I use the scanner because I get terrible photos. They tend to be blurred and out of square. I have a slight tremor so scans sseem to work best for me.