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Paula Ford
12-18-2005, 11:05 PM
Hello Artists,

This is an ugly little pine tree sketch I did tonight :D to show all of you how I do pine trees.

Please remember, this is just a quick sketch. Lots more detail of each step goes into a complete painting. Also, there are lots of ways to do pine trees, but this is how I do them.
I used the following:
MV=Mount Vision
GA=Great American
PC=Faber Castell Polychromos
Terry Ludwig
Girault
and a couple I can't remember what kind :D
Paper is Wallis Belgian Mist

1. I start out by putting some kind of background in so my eyes can have a vision on where to put the tree. I use Mount Vision dusty purple for the distant hills, GA light blue for the sky (leaving an opening where the tree is going to go so I don't fill the tooth of the paper behind the tree), and MV light green for the grass.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-1.jpg

2. Put in a darker blue (brand?) at the top because the sky is always darker the higher up it is. It gives the sky a bit of depth. Lots of blending to soften all edges of each color into each other.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-2.jpg

3. Next comes the tree trunk done on the side of a Polychromos dark brown.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-3.jpg

4. Start to fill in with GA deep green for the pine tree, randomly moving from side to side getting thicker and thicker towards the bottom of the tree.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-4.jpg

5. Next comes a nice dark shadow under the tree with a deep deep purple Terry Ludwig.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-5.jpg

6. Start highlighting with a lighter value of green (Girault).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-6.jpg

7. To define the tree trunk, I use a medium rusty brown PC to highlight one side of the trunk to give it a bit of dimension.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-7.jpg

8. For a bit more highlight on the tree, I used a lighter value of MV to give the tree more depth.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-8.jpg

9. With the lighter blue, fill in the sky around the tree and put in some sky holes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-9.jpg

10. Now define the foreground with some grass (different colors of green and ochres) and more sky holes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-10.jpg

11. Last a bit of a light value of dusty purple MV, a very light green in the far distant ground. Sorry about the picture, it's a bit dark.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-11.jpg

When I open the full set of Mount Visions my husband got me for Christmas, I'll put Christmas ornaments on this tree! :D

This was so much fun to share with you! Thanks for stopping in.

Paula :wave:

Shari
12-18-2005, 11:10 PM
Paula,

Thanks for the demo, I love to see how people paint. This is very helpful. Do you paint on a table? It looks like a drafting table.

Paula Ford
12-18-2005, 11:25 PM
Hi Shari, Thanks!
Yes, it's a drafting table. I love working on a slanted surface instead of an easel.

Paula Ford
12-18-2005, 11:30 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/1978-box5-4wc.jpg

HarvestMoon
12-19-2005, 02:52 AM
Paula- another wonderful demo- and what do you mean ugly? It is a beauty... I was expecting the 'Charlie Brown' tree- you know a few twigs, hardly any leaves, and a sad ornament... will print out the demo and try it in Jan. - I am several demos behind here- yikes- and have not even started the christmas cards..
Linda

maddy777
12-19-2005, 03:43 AM
Paula thanks so much for doing this tree it's fab. Can't wait to have a go!
mads

jackiesimmonds
12-19-2005, 05:26 AM
Paula, you are a real artist through and through. It is so clear how much you love what you do, and that will carry you on and on as a painter.
It is also terrific how you are prepared to share your knowledge with others, which means you are a good teacher too, and have a generous heart. You should do some teaching, you would be very good at it (forgive me if I am missing something here, andyou have been teaching for years!!!! - if so, your students are lucky to have you.)

You deserve to succeed big time.
J

Paula Ford
12-19-2005, 05:47 AM
Linda, Maddy, thank you very much.

Oh Jackie, thank you so much!! Such kind words coming from you, the ultimate in teachers, you have made my year!!

No, I've never taught before, except Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, computer stuff...LOL...and a couple of simple demos here on WC.

I do love pastel painting and LOVE to teach, but I don't have any formal (school) training. Makes me a bit nervous because I don't know technical terms and color theory...all the really important stuff. :D

Thank you again!!
Paula

E-J
12-19-2005, 06:07 AM
Paula, thanks for the demo! It's a lovely little tree and I can picture it sitting happily in one of your larger landscapes.

Whatever it is you don't know, it doesn't show. :)

sundiver
12-19-2005, 07:59 AM
Beautiful, Paula, thank you!
Your title sounds like the title of a children's book; you know the kind, where finally a little bird comes along and tells it it's beautiful with the sun shining on its branches, etc.:)

Piper Ballou
12-19-2005, 08:50 AM
I did not think it was ugly....thanks for posting it. I am going to try this one next week.
piper

bjcpaints
12-19-2005, 09:41 AM
Thank you so much Paula! Your demo is invaluable to beginners like me!! I'm sure even experienced pastelists enjoy seeing your process. Thanks!!
Barbara

Orchidacea
12-19-2005, 10:14 AM
Fantastic demo, Paula...and Jackie's right, you should be teaching. Your demos are clear, detailed and extremely helpful....and your innate warmth and kindness only add to the package.

meowmeow
12-19-2005, 10:51 AM
Ugly, it's not! Terrific demo...it is always helpful to see how other people do things and this is no exception! Thanks for sharing!

SAndy

CindyW
12-19-2005, 10:57 AM
Paula, the ugly little tree is a beauty in my eyes and it doesn't need dressing up with little colorful ornaments at all to stand proudly on its own! :) (although, I bet it'd look great with them, too!)
Cindy

Karen Margulis
12-19-2005, 11:50 AM
Paula, I love your little tree! Thanks for sharing your steps with us. It is so interesting to see how you went about this. I agree that you make it very clear and easy to follow. Do more!!! I think about doing a WIP but I don't really feel qualified. It would be interesting to pick a simple picture like your tree and have others do a WIP so we can see how differently we approach the same subject.
Thanks again for sharing.
Karen

Paula Ford
12-19-2005, 12:50 PM
You guys are too sweet!! Thank you all so very much.

If I can touch the heart of one person with my paintings, or help another artist by teaching a little demo like this, it makes me so very happy.

Hugs,
Paula

KJSCL
12-19-2005, 02:21 PM
Great demo Paula. It's great to see how other people approach a subject. The picture of your studio was good to see as well, but one question, what's the iron for?

Natalie NZ
12-19-2005, 04:06 PM
Paula you make it look so easy........as I find trees and landscapes so hard, I hope I can do this exersize half as easily.

Paula Ford
12-19-2005, 04:29 PM
Great demo Paula. It's great to see how other people approach a subject. The picture of your studio was good to see as well, but one question, what's the iron for?

LOL...it's my sewing room too. If you could see the other side of the room, you'd see my sewing machine and serger. :D

Thanks you guys!

Paula

Pinecone Conniff
12-19-2005, 08:01 PM
I knew you didn't really mean it...no pine tree could ever be ugly!:eek: Especially with your touch!:)
Great of you to take the time to create a WIP! Fun to see!
I have to ask...now that we see that your studio doubles as a sewing room...how do you keep from getting pastel on your fabrics?? That iron looks close...
Annette

Beanie
12-19-2005, 09:40 PM
Paula ... this is a lovely tree. I find trees and grass so very hard to do (hence all my sea and sand pics!) but you make it look easy. But I know its not as easy as all that! - its knowing what to do where, and you DO. Lovely demo .... what a great idea to include the pastels that you used at each stage too. Clever gorl!

Paula Ford
12-19-2005, 10:36 PM
Thank you so much Leslie. I'll do a demo on grass for you. Ok?

Annette, Thank you! Well, pastels get everywhere. I have just learned to deal with it. :D

Paula

jackiesimmonds
12-20-2005, 04:20 AM
Oh Jackie, thank you so much!! Such kind words coming from you, the ultimate in teachers, you have made my year!!

No, I've never taught before, except Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, computer stuff...LOL...and a couple of simple demos here on WC.

I do love pastel painting and LOVE to teach, but I don't have any formal (school) training. Makes me a bit nervous because I don't know technical terms and color theory...all the really important stuff. :D

Thank you again!!
Paula

Paula, I went to art school, but they provided very little in the way of "formal training", we were very much left to our own devices. I learned all i now know, from books, believe it or not. Spend a few days reading up about colour theory, and you will have that firmly under your belt, and I am quite sure you know more than enough"technical terms" to teach beginners. Remember, provided you know more than your students, you can teach them SOMETHING. So if you feel inclined to teach pastel painting, why not go for it.
Jackie

maddy777
12-20-2005, 09:22 AM
Ok Paula this is my 2nd attempt which is better than the first but still rather bare and spindly looking.:eek: I don't have any really dark greens which was frustrating...guess i am off to the art shop this week! :p I wasn't sure what you meant by randomly moving from side to side This looks much much better than attempts I have tried previously.
Thanks again for doing the WIP, I shall practice practice practice, buy a dark green and practice some more!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2005/69100-practice_tree.jpg

Bhavana Vijay
12-20-2005, 10:02 AM
It was sooo wonderful watching your demo, you brought life into that sheet of paper!! Thanks.
And your workplace, with all your paintings on the wall!!sigh, so calm and relaxing and of course inspirational!!Just kept staring at it!

Paula Ford
12-20-2005, 12:50 PM
Hi Maddy,

I'm so glad you tried this little tree. Yours is precious!

What I mean by randomly moving from side to side is while you are painting from side to side of the tree trunk, don't make each side equal to the other. There will be branches growing on one side that aren't growing on the other side.

Please post it here if you try again.

Thank you!

Paula

RUNEMASTER
12-20-2005, 01:11 PM
Thank you for the demo so much.Its a great demo, very usefull.The tree is lovely. If i get some time Im going to do one myself based on demo.:clap:

maddy777
12-21-2005, 05:44 AM
AH ha!
Oooh a light globe moment :) What I mean by randomly moving from side to side
:clap: :clap:
I see I have done my branches uniformly, my brain wants to do pine trees like xmas card trees you see :p (neat triangles).

Back to the pastel board for me!
Thanks muchly Paula
mads

Paula Ford
12-21-2005, 05:50 AM
LOL...wonderful!!

You're very welcome mads!

Paula

scall0way
12-22-2005, 11:20 AM
Paula this is great. I should try this demo. My trees are really sad, and I would love to do them better. A great WIP

Piper Ballou
12-23-2005, 09:04 AM
Paula, would you consider doing a pine tree with snow...thought I would ask.
piper

Paula Ford
12-23-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks Debbie!

Sure Piper. Give me a few days. I'm off from work all next week and have lots of goodies planned for all of you.

:D
Paula

binkie
12-24-2005, 05:36 PM
Oh Paula, how I wish I could paint a tree as "ugly" as yours. You do such wonderful work!!!

binkie

Paula Ford
12-24-2005, 06:04 PM
Thank you so much binkie!