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06-26-2015, 03:43 AM
This is what I have done so far. It's a step-by-step by John Barber's The Pastel Wheel Book.
Done on Canson 140lb watercolor paper c.p.
Using Mungyo pastels for the foundation then Rembrandt and Mount Vision pastels to finish.
At this point I'm applying a thin coat of Blue Label reworkable fixatif spray.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1190917-IMG_20150626_033612.jpg
Here's the demo reference pic...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1190917-14353045691451664931192.jpg C&C welcome and appreciated!

06-26-2015, 06:36 AM
This is what I did next....added a light cobalt blue and a pale yellow ochre to the sky and tying up the foreground and path.
Also I did some negative painting in the tree on the right also using a pale yellow ochre.
One more thing is that I added a dark gray to tone down the black-looking timbers on the building the painting is starting to hold together and reads how I want it to so subtle changes from here on out.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1190917-IMG_20150626_063007.jpg

water girl
06-26-2015, 11:54 AM
The light in your painting is handled so beautifully! I can see why you chose this one. When it comes to finishing the bushes, remember to mix up the shapes to add more interest. Carry on!

06-27-2015, 08:59 AM
A good approach to learning! Architecture is a challenge in pastel (straight lines and all) and snow scenes are sensitive to color and value. I've been doing a lot of snow recently. Drawing-wise, all your verticals should be plumb (parallel and straight up and down). Karen makes a good point on variety in the foliage- soft edges are a helpful concept also.

06-27-2015, 09:55 AM
I absolutely agree I am kinda embarrassed by those bushes as well but I didn't want the emphasis on the house.
But seriously though I got lazy after all the tight rendering of this 15th century home in Suffolk,England! Says author John Barber.

06-27-2015, 10:01 AM
One of the things that drew me to paint this scene was that John Barber likes blending the Pastel with a torchon,which I have many of but only really use them for graphite and vine charcoal. It works well for a drawing tool for straight lines. All that rubbing dulls the Pastel's brilliance and flattens it as well,at least I think so anyways.

06-27-2015, 10:04 AM
Also the torchon's seem to take quite a bit of pastel off the surface there's just no substitute for finger blending,except where there's a tight fit.

Donna T
06-27-2015, 04:28 PM
What an ambitious subject! The highlights of sunshine on the snow look so nice!