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Tom Christopher
12-19-2005, 08:52 PM
Hello- I was requested to post a WIP of my winter scenes so I painted a quick one tonight--about 2 hours .

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_001.jpg

This is a 20x24 inch sheet of 3/16 masonite.. i painted all sides with a coat of rose colored acrylic paint.. I paint all sides to eliminate any warping..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_002.jpg
next is a photo of the pastel ground I use and the acrylic paint

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_003.jpg
After drying the board witha hair dryer I apply a coat of Golden pastel ground mixed with water according to directions on the jar.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_004.jpg

Here I have positioned the pastel board on my painting easel ( an hollow core door) works great for large paintings and light enough to move around the studio.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_005.jpg
Next I have begun to lay out the design of the painting-using a dark brown nupastel stick.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_006.jpg

Now I have begun to apply pastel. I am using primarily Unison pastel.. identifying the dark areas with a dark grays and browns. I also added some warm reds to the foreground bushes. I am careful to leave a good amount of the rose underpainting to keep a warm feel to the piece.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_007.jpg

At this stage I have been using light gray and a dull white pastel for the snow. I want to leave my brightest white (White SChmincke) for the final layer of white pastel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_008.jpg
At this pointI use the white schmincke pastel to pick out the sunlit areas ..This is the final step to the painting--I do go back and forth adding details to the dark areas and chunks of snow I will add later

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/35607-WINTER_WIP_009.jpg
Here is a detail of the snow--Although this painting is not finished, I am hopeful it gives you the idea of how my painting proceeds..thankyou Tom

Beanie
12-19-2005, 09:33 PM
Tom ... that was excellent ... thank you! It is so nice to watch other people at work ..... means that I can procrastinate rather than paint! No, seriously, I love to see what others do ... one always learns something from every post, but demos are the biz! Its a lovely painting ... please post it finished, won't you?

Paula Ford
12-19-2005, 10:41 PM
Oh Wow! Wonderful Tom. Thank you!
Acrylic paint and Golden Pastel Ground...got it! Have a few small pieces of board that I'd like to try that on myself.

Paula

KJSCL
12-19-2005, 10:47 PM
Great demo. One of these days I'll have to try this on masonite. It was interesting to see that you use latex house paint, never would of thought of that.

Orchidacea
12-20-2005, 12:35 AM
Thanks Tom!!! What a great demo! I love watching your paintings come together. This is another beauty.

Shane Keene
12-20-2005, 01:02 AM
This is excellent Tom. And what a quick turn-around, considering we just started pleading with you last night :D. Thanks for this.

I've considered trying the Golden pastel ground but have concerns about how much dust it will hold. Will it take a lot of layers?

Peace,
Shane

bjcpaints
12-20-2005, 09:12 AM
Thank you for this straight forward, wonderful demo! 5 stars!

meowmeow
12-20-2005, 09:16 AM
Super demo, Tom! Very helpful and interesting. I haven't used masonite but this looks like a great idea. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Sandy

Tom Christopher
12-20-2005, 09:21 AM
I've considered trying the Golden pastel ground but have concerns about how much dust it will hold. Will it take a lot of layers?
Peace,
Shane

Thanks for commenting, Shane--You do have to plan more as this surface is limited on the amount of pastel layers it will accept (3 maximum). I really started using this suface to save money. The pastel ground is fairly economical as well as the masonite. I have also painted over thses panels several times-- so they are good for experimenting different techniques. -- I still like Wallis papers -when I can afford them
Thank you Tom

HarvestMoon
12-20-2005, 11:59 AM
Tom- what a wonderful demo- really interesting too how you made the board- thanks so much for sharing-
Linda

Nancy Leone
12-20-2005, 12:09 PM
Thanks for your demo.
I was wondering if when you apply the pastel ground, you already have a painting in mind. Say, for a river, horizontal strokes...grasses, vertical....or do you just go everywhich way?

Tom Christopher
12-20-2005, 01:36 PM
Thanks for your demo.
I was wondering if when you apply the pastel ground, you already have a painting in mind. Say, for a river, horizontal strokes...grasses, vertical....or do you just go everywhich way?


Hi Nancy--I typically try to have the brush stokes go into the design of the painting. (I didn't in this case cuz I wanted it to be a quick demo)--On this River painting (below) I took time to plan out the brush stokes trying to have them fit into trees and shore line.. I also did several black and white values studies before i started the painting--thank you Tom

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Dec-2005/35607-Another_winter_river_scene_003.jpg

Nancy Leone
12-20-2005, 02:14 PM
Thanks, Tom. Nice river painting, too. I like the rosy undertones.

Shane Keene
12-20-2005, 04:23 PM
I still like Wallis papers -when I can afford them
Thank you Tom
LOL. I love Wallis papers too. Problem is, the "when I can afford them" stage happens all too seldom. Currently I use mostly AS Colorfix.

Anyway, thanks for the demo and the answer to the pastel ground question.

Peace,
Shane

ponting
12-20-2005, 08:55 PM
Hi Tom.......what a terrific demo and such a snappy little scene with those wonderful colours. You have answered all of the questions I might have asked. Bravo :clap: :clap:

Cheers, Dianna

Shane Keene
12-26-2005, 05:38 AM
I'm surprised more people haven't commented on the river painting. I saw it over in the landscape forum and absolutely fell in love with it. The interplay between light and shadow is perfect! Keep it coming Tom.

Peace,
Shane

Kathryn Wilson
12-26-2005, 06:48 AM
Tom, thanks for doing this demo! It does explain how you get warmth into your snow scenes.

Have you ever tried to use AS colorfix grounds? You can buy them by the jar in the colors that the papers come in, or you can get the clear and add your own color. I've used one jar so far, but found that if you aren't careful the texture can be inconsistent. Do you use a housepainters brush or a sponge brush?

Kat