View Full Version : Grass - A Simple Demo - Field of Flowers

Paula Ford
01-02-2006, 11:11 PM
Hello All,

This is just a simple little demo I whipped up tonight to show all of you how I do grass, with a little added surprise at the end.

As you know, I have to have some kind of backdrop while painting, so a bit of distant lavender hills and a very light blue sky will let my eyes have a vision of a field of grass.

Then I choose 3 values of greens. The lightest goes closest to the hills, then the middle value for the middle ground, then the darkest in the foreground.

With these 3 values, I then start to use the lightest in the top of the middle ground, and middle value in the darket ground, so there aren't any hard lines inbetween the 3 values. You want to blend them together so the change is subtle. Also, I've added a couple more yellows in the distant grass and an off white to blend the hills into the sky.

In the foreground I've added some brown.

Now, start in the lower middle ground, take the lightest green value and do short little verticle strokes, randomly through that area, and in some of the area of foreground.

With the middle value, use a bit longer vertical strokes in the foreground area.

This is kind of hard to describe, but you want all three colors in middle and foreground. Mix them up and create variety with them.

Now with the darkest value of green, do the same thing, short and long vertical strokes in the middle ground and foreground.

I've also added more of the horrizontal strokes in all three areas to cover the paper.

Now, the last step...little wild flowers!

Use any pretty color you'd like to create some little wild flowers.

And there you have it! In the final picture, you have a sweet little field, lavender hills, and a nice place to take a walk.

Now who wouldn't want to receive a greeting card with a happy little painting on it like this! And, when your friend says "who is the artist?" Well, you can happily say....

"Me" :D

David Patterson
01-02-2006, 11:25 PM
The main reason I joined this site is because of demos like your's and others Paula. I've only been doing pastel landscapes for the past 4 months, and demos like your's help a great deal - saves on a lot of trial and error!

Thank you Paula!

01-02-2006, 11:31 PM
Another great demo Paula. What size (and paper) is this? Are you having cards printed of it?

Deborah Secor
01-02-2006, 11:51 PM
Excellent demo, Paula! Nice little painting. :D

Sometimes when I do a painting like this one, depending on the distances and the atmosphere, I scumble just a little bit of sky color over the very farthest reaches of the meadow to give a tiny hint of the accumlated air.

I love your little strokes suggesting more distant flowers, too. Fun--thanks!


Paula Ford
01-03-2006, 12:00 AM
Thank you David!

Thanks Kathy! It's 5" x 5" on Art Spectrum Colorfix sanded paper. Am definately looking into little greeting cards.

Thank you Deborah!! OH, that is a great tip! Thanks!

01-03-2006, 12:00 AM
Paula, thanks for this sweet little demo. Love looking at those Mt. Visions. Please keep sharing these little gems with us.

01-03-2006, 01:25 AM
Paula...excellent demo, I enjoyed being able to see your selection of pastels as you went along. What a jewel!

Paula Ford
01-03-2006, 05:27 AM
Thanks Shari & Mike!!

01-03-2006, 06:49 AM
Very cool! I like the sticks being used, as well. Should be perfectly clear to beginners. Good job!

01-03-2006, 08:24 AM
Thanks for sharing Paula! I haven't tackled landscapes yet but you've inspired me to at least give it a try. :)


01-03-2006, 09:19 AM
Great demo.really appreciate it.You make it look so easy.:)

Paula Ford
01-03-2006, 01:38 PM
Thanks Sooz, Jessa, Rudy!

Shane Keene
01-03-2006, 03:16 PM
Coolness. What an excellent little demo. You are so incredibly giving of your time and energy Paula. We are all blessed to have people like you here at WC!

Mikki Petersen
01-03-2006, 03:22 PM
Very nice demo Paula! You are so organized! I really like the way you line up the pastels in use next to the image and your descriptions are very concise. Thank you!


01-03-2006, 03:25 PM
Hi, i am a beginning with OP and i have a question about the little landscape that you did for this demo "a simpled demo - field of flowers"
in the very last part of the drawing you added red and white flowers over the dark greens and browns. how were you able to do that without just
making mud?
I found your demo to be very impressive and educational; as a matter of fact when i get home tonight i plan to try it.

01-03-2006, 07:01 PM
Wow- Paula- another fab demo- thanks so very much.... and really lovely of course!!! With YES- purple mountains... LOL- I need to break out the pastels soon- have been playing with the watercolors lately...

Paula Ford
01-03-2006, 09:43 PM
Thank you so much Shane...you are so sweet!

Thanks Mikki!! I figure there are lots of beginners out there and the more information I can share, the easier it will be for them.

Mimi, Thank you! If you apply a bit more pressure with just a couple of little short strokes here and there with pink and again with the white over it, you won't make any mud.

Thanks Linda!

01-03-2006, 10:08 PM
Paula, my favorite part of the finished painting is the suggestion of small flowers in the midground. That makes the foreground flowers harmonize with the painting and creates so much depth. It was a really great finishing touch.

My Mt. Visions are coming Thursday and I can't wait!!! So glad to see them here in your thread.


01-03-2006, 10:43 PM
VERY,VERY nice....thank you so much for your demo......and a great big "THANK YOU" for the inspiration you have given me....These are the type of pastel/oil paintings I love to do....tnx....Art

01-04-2006, 12:38 AM
Nice little demo, Thanks for sharing it with us:)

Paula Ford
01-04-2006, 05:31 AM
Thank you so much Jamie, Artie, Nicoclaus!

01-04-2006, 11:16 AM
yes, this was wonderful!! thanks for your efforts, and sharing! neat little painting too!!

Merethe T
01-04-2006, 12:18 PM
Great demo, it's so wonderful of you to share this with us, very inspiring! I enjoy these demo's so much, very helpfull as I try to learn landscape painting, and I liked to see the sticks you used! Thank you!! Gonna rate this, we should make sure these demo's goes into the library! :)

01-04-2006, 12:22 PM
Paula, another wonderful demo. I'd love to see a closeup of the grass section to be able to get a clearer idea about your little vertical strokes :D

01-04-2006, 01:28 PM
even your small little demo's look great! I'm going to do this one tonight!

01-04-2006, 03:14 PM
Thank you so much Paula! You make it look easy!

Paula Ford
01-04-2006, 05:26 PM
Chewie, Merethe...thank you!!

Debbie, I'll post a close up when I get home from work tonight. Thank you!

Cecilia. Barbara...thank you!!

01-04-2006, 07:56 PM
Paula....I'm looking forward to seeing that closeup also...tnx...Art

Paula Ford
01-04-2006, 09:50 PM
Hi Everybody,

Here are the close-up pictures. The first is of the grass. The second is of the flowers, which are really just little blobs :D . And the 3rd is of distant flowers. Notice that the paper showing through also gives the illusion of flowers.

Please remember, you don't always have to cover the paper all the way because the color of the paper, whether it's white or another color, can add to the painting without even doing anything extra.




Thanks so much everyone! Hope you all enjoyed it.

Piper, just letting you know I haven't forgotten about your request for a demo of a pinetree with snow.


01-04-2006, 09:59 PM
LOVE IT....Thank you Paula.....BRAVO....I would also like to see the pinetree demo...tnx....Art

01-04-2006, 10:25 PM
Excellant demo! So pleased that u share with all of us! Thank you!

01-04-2006, 10:39 PM
Paula, you made my day with this demo.Thank you so much for your generosity.Your work is inspiring as is your giving nature, thanks. Joe.D.

Paula Ford
01-05-2006, 05:25 AM
Thank you very much Art, Raye, Joe.D!

06-02-2006, 07:32 AM
Perfect demo, Paula! Thanks for posting it.

06-02-2006, 06:10 PM

You are a gem...wish I lived closer to you...what a great neighbour you would be! I am just starting in pastels this year after an absence of nearly a lifetime from any art. I so appreciate your demo, it looks amazingly doable.. I must try this with a photo I just took in Italy of a poppy field last month!


Paula Ford
06-02-2006, 11:05 PM
Thank you Wendy!!

Hello Judy :wave: and Welcome!! Thank you so much for your kind words. I can't wait to see your work!! Please feel free to join in the Forums and ask questions if needed. We're always here to help!


06-03-2006, 12:58 AM
Hi again,

I have to say that I do wish we were neighours, we could celebrate birthdays.... I am the same date as you but 10 years ahead! Hope your 50th is great, mine was... and I hope that my 60th is just a good!!


Surrey BC Canada

Jo Castillo
06-03-2006, 01:10 AM
It looks like some of us found this a bit late. It is great, thanks for sharing and the photos.

Paula Ford
06-03-2006, 09:24 AM
Hi again,

I have to say that I do wish we were neighours, we could celebrate birthdays.... I am the same date as you but 10 years ahead! Hope your 50th is great, mine was... and I hope that my 60th is just a good!!


Surrey BC Canada

Another "All Saint's Day" Scorpio gal!! Judy, We'll have to celebrate our birthday with an online party here at WC!!

Thanks Jo!!


David Patterson
06-03-2006, 11:11 AM
I'll send the black balloons Paula! :lol:

Paula Ford
06-03-2006, 12:00 PM
I'll send the black balloons Paula! :lol:

LOL...thanks David!!

Winny Kerr
06-05-2006, 08:31 PM
I love demo's like that and so appreciate you all sharing them. This is the way to learn. It is very helpful

Paula Ford
06-05-2006, 08:32 PM
I love demo's like that and so appreciate you all sharing them. This is the way to learn. It is very helpful

Thank you very much Winny!!


06-08-2006, 04:58 PM
:clap: "More You share...More you gain"
Wow what a demo Paula! Maximum effect with minimum strokes. :)

06-08-2006, 05:31 PM
Hi Paula, this is a great demo, I just tried it again (I tried when you first posted it), but I guess I still don't have the "right greens". You guys across "the pond" seem to get all the best colours! :envy:

Paula Ford
06-09-2006, 12:25 PM
Thank you Ajay!! Glad you enjoyed it!

Thank you Dave! You should try to get some Mount Visions. The greens are so gorgeous!


06-28-2006, 11:05 PM
Thanks for sharing this wonderful little demo with us.. I've been using some water soluble oil pastels, on my ink sketches in my moleskin. Have you every heard of them?

06-29-2006, 02:53 AM
Very interesting demo. I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing :)

06-29-2006, 03:27 AM
Nice demo Paula, and the inclusion of you pastel sticks was a very good idea. Anyone should be able to follow this one easily.


Paula Ford
06-29-2006, 05:52 AM
Thank you very much Chloe, Malvasia, and Peggy! So glad you like it.

Chloe, No, I sure haven't heard of them.


Susan Borgas
06-29-2006, 07:17 AM
Paula I love the way you do grass and the little flowers.

Thanks for putting the time into this great little demo.