View Full Version : REALLY happy with this

03-28-2001, 10:31 PM
I am posting it in all three forums because I think I have a handle on my NEW pastel technique.
It is starting to feel like something I can own.
It is a 1/4 sheet of 140 lb cold press water color paper. I washed in a lot of blue and green under the shirt and violet tones in the background and skin.
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I am also going through a reality shift with an introduction to the Munsell color wheel.
I am thinking a little differently about color and the results are starting to show.
It is going to be harder and harder to go back to oils....
A chalky and happy camper!

Sandra Nunes
03-29-2001, 05:10 AM
Hi Dj!
Ive been following your posts since your last workshop.Thanks a lot for sharing it and congratulations, your work is really expressive.Could you please give-me some details about the paper and wash you are using? Im used to work on wallis and wash it with turps over soft pastels.Is your paper rough enough to receive many layers? Do you wash it with watercolor? If you could tell me what is the kind and brand of the paper you use as Wallis is not always available down here and the wc paper would be an option.
Thanks again,
Sandra Nunes

03-29-2001, 08:12 AM
FOR ME this is pretty new.
All we use is 140 lb Arches watercolor.
I took some old acrylics and after sketching my shapes and laying out the landmarks in charcoal...soft vine, I take an inch and a half house paint brush and just slop on a wash, either to underpaint in a complement or support in the color, but basically to make my dark middle values. I like tinted pastel papers, but I am stuck with ONE color. The real beauty here, is that I can select the colors and values to use under in the areas I want.
After drying the water out with a hair dryer, I make bold strokes just establishing VALUE with color (and that whole phase is just instinct...I have no idea exactly how it works...but so far so good) and hold off on my lights as long as possible.
The idea is to rich up my shadows. I used to pick a value paper and just LEAVE it. Nice and strong, but this is a lot more vibrant.
Then I paint over the light. I am still not very confident of that part, but I use rich very high values of everything BUT white. And the most pure color.
I found myself timidly putting pink sticks over the shirt and re coloring with red and it kept bringing up the light, so it works, just not sure how.
And I miss my fixative. I liked my hard pastels because I could fix them. I just have to trust or get over to a framer fast!
Thanks for asking, I can get pretty talky about all this stuff.

Sandra Nunes
03-30-2001, 06:07 AM
Thanks a lot for your concern. Thats the way I use to work on Wallis and youre right, underpainting really makes a diference. I used to work with velour and canson(sometimes I still do) but after I knew wallis...Its hard to explain how colors dance in front of you!
Now Ill try now watercolor paper
Thanks once more,

Sandra Nunes

03-30-2001, 07:44 PM
This is beautiful.. I love your technique, and the colors. I used to have a loose style way back when, then lost it when I lost myself and I think I lost Art. Now that I found everything again...lol..I'm hoping to get back to my ole self.
Thanks for sharing this one...I like your work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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