View Full Version : My attempt at a demo by Jeanne Rosier Smith called"Sunkissed"

02-12-2017, 06:28 PM
I did this on a piece of Canson "Touch" in a blue-grey color with Rembrandt's, Mount Visions and Blicks artists pastels. I did a underpainting in watercolor first.
And I recently bought a book by one of my favorite landscape artist Liz Heywood-Sullivan called painting brilliant sky's and water with pastel. This is one of my attempt at a step by step demo called Damon's Point cloudscape....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2017/1190917-14869420478732029407068.jpg
C&c always welcome and appreciated. I really love the look of both!
The second painting was done on U-Art 500 sanded paper

water girl
02-14-2017, 01:02 AM
You are progressing very nicely. I'm drawn to the second one because I like your use of color in the green trees. You have also captured the feeling of pastures, or fields taking the viewer back toward the building.

02-14-2017, 08:12 PM
Thanks again water girl you always say such nice things to me I really appreciate it kindly! I'm terribly hostel when it comes to judging my own stuff! To the point that I get discouraged about me as a artist and my skills up to this point! I can get carried away sometimes.
I'd like to again thank you for thoughts and encouragement.
I actually love the first one..It looks awesome

02-16-2017, 06:16 PM
Yes I like the first one too - the blue shadows are so nice and coool - goes to show you that you can't prejudge a color or where it can be used! Hope you will take that lesson into your next paintings!

One piece of advise given to me early on by a landscape pro - remember clouds are VAPORS - they are not solid balls of cotton - wisp them into the atmosphere around them and make them part of it, not sitting on it :)

02-16-2017, 07:57 PM
ArtistMelinda I know in the second painting those clouds are definitely overworked. That being said I noticed that I didn't do any negative painting of the sky back into the clouds I bet that might work for a quick fix?
Because in the demo Liz Heywood-Sullivan is making sure to stay away from the pitfalls you have mentioned above. And to make sure your clouds at the top of the painting are big and billowing the more you get to the horizon they get flatter and closer together. Which I found greatly useful... Definitely an.....AHH-HAA moment for sure! I've posted the demo from that chapter. I really loved it so I framed it right away! Except the frame is about an inch too wide showing the previously taped boarder. Other than that I think it looks awesome check it out and let me know what you think?
Matter of fact I'll post it in this reply...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2017/1190917-KIMG0130.JPG .
Please keep in mind I've been painting for only about 3 and a half years so I'm still very much learning. The hardest part is color and how to effectively use it! I want to try a painting with beautiful, crazy color schemes as long as the values are correct the painting should still"read"! Now is this bit of information correct to your knowledge?!
So excuse my amateurish look and feel.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2017/1190917-KIMG0014.JPG and believe me when I tell you this!See I've only been using pastels for about 3 and a half years. But I've always been able to draw with little effort quite well I've been told so this really helps me when it comes to pastels. So it's the color theory part of pastels and watercolor that have me tripping all over my own feet! And that subject is so technical I know that I'll still be learning my whole painting journey! SOOO EXCITED
I painted it super quick while watching a YouTube video from virtualinstructor.com. I painted it on the backing of a watercolor paper spiral bound pad. Using cheap students pastels and I fixed it with fixative spray.