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Tom Christopher
01-20-2007, 09:04 PM
Hello- I have decided to attempt a demo on painting a winter snow scene. If it works out, I may work it into an article... so here goes.


photo1- To Begin, I have masked out a surface of gator board 24x30 iches. I have added a touch of rose acrylic paint to the pastel ground mixture. (1/2 part gesso to 1/2 water and three tps of fine pumice) The reference photos (color and b&w) are placed next to the painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_001.jpg

Photo 2.- Next I sketch out the basic design very loose and free using a nu pastel brown. I am trying to make sure all the elements are in good balence and relate well.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_002.jpg

Photo-3-Here I am locating the values adding blue to the distant tree line. I am also identifying the shadows in the snow at this time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_004.jpg

photo 4-Now I will turn the pastel into a wet medium --By dipping an artist brush into water I go over the entire suface wetting the pastel and using a wet tissue to create light values.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_006.jpg

In this photo I have dried the wet pastel with a hair dryer and have started to apply the snow color- The color for the snow is the lightest green I had.. looks alomost white but not quite, I will save the purest white pastel for the last step in the process.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_007.jpg



I am continueing with the snow application using the underpainted shadows to dictate the variation in the river bank

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_008.jpg



In the last two photos I am concentrating on making sure the values are correct and the shadows for the snow are believable.
I will complete the painting tomorrow--I have been painting about 3.5 hours thus far..c/c are welcome thanks Tom

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_009.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_010.jpg

Kathryn Wilson
01-20-2007, 09:54 PM
Yoohoo! Thanks for doing this - makes me want to paint snow - :)

I hope you can turn this into an Article - keep in mind you might want to take shots of the color sticks you are using in the demo. You can lay them out by value or color family.

:thumbsup:

Hilborne
01-20-2007, 10:05 PM
Great Demo Tom. Looking forward to seeing the finished product tomorrow.

Andy

Donna T
01-20-2007, 10:24 PM
Thanks Tom, this looks really good so far.

Donna T

nana b
01-20-2007, 10:44 PM
Tom, this is a real treat! I've been wishing you would do a demo so I could figure out how you get your great paintings. I will be watching tomorrow. I hope you do as kat suggested and show us the pastels you are using for each phase. Jeepers, this is exciting:eek:

Till tomorrow, Nana:thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
01-20-2007, 10:58 PM
Wonderful, Tom! Do make it into an article--it's not that hard to do. I'd like to see your references up closer, if possible in the article.

I have questions...I guess it's a habit dervied from years of interviewing artists (and one of these days I hope I get to write a feature article on your work! I won't be at all surprised.)

You wrote:
(1/2 part gesso to 1/2 water and three tps of fine pumice)
Is the measurement for the pumice in teaspoons (tsp.) or tablespoons (Tbs.)?
Have you given us your recipe for making boards like this elsewhere? If so, could I have the link? (And if not, can you give us a bit more on that, too?)

What made you decide on the rose color?

What's the use of the color wheel taped to your board?

Is that duct tape you're using to tape the board in place? Why? does it work particularly well for your techniques?

Do you paint more from the color photo or do you refer to the grayscale one more frequently? The grayscale one looks like a close-up--is it?

Just curious. Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:

Deborah

Bhavana Vijay
01-20-2007, 11:07 PM
Wow, this is great Tom. Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us. I was very interested to read about how you wet the painting. I'd love to read your answers to Deborahs questions, I was wondering about the color wheel too. Your painting looks great so far.:clap:

David Patterson
01-21-2007, 12:19 AM
Great demo Tom - thank you!

David

dbjs
01-21-2007, 03:26 AM
Yeah, very nice demo! I'll have to try out landskabe drawing someday. Just haven't the guts to try it yet!! ^^

katsarecool
01-21-2007, 03:33 AM
Tom this is stunning so far. Thank you so much for creating this demo for us all. I happen to love demos and wips so much. I am speechless for the second time tonight. This is awesome! I was unaware one could wet down pastels either. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Tom Christopher
01-21-2007, 12:06 PM
Wonderful, Tom! Do make it into an article--it's not that hard to do. I'd like to see your references up closer, if possible in the article.

I have questions...I guess it's a habit dervied from years of interviewing artists (and one of these days I hope I get to write a feature article on your work! I won't be at all surprised.)

You wrote:

Is the measurement for the pumice in teaspoons (tsp.) or tablespoons (Tbs.)?
Have you given us your recipe for making boards like this elsewhere? If so, could I have the link? (And if not, can you give us a bit more on that, too?)

What made you decide on the rose color?

What's the use of the color wheel taped to your board?

Is that duct tape you're using to tape the board in place? Why? does it work particularly well for your techniques?

Do you paint more from the color photo or do you refer to the grayscale one more frequently? The grayscale one looks like a close-up--is it?

Just curious. Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:

Deborah

Hi Deborah--I will answer your questions

Have you given us your recipe for making boards like this elsewhere? If so, could I have the link? (And if not, can you give us a bit more on that, too?)

the board is called gator board--it is a fiber composite I purchase from a plastic distributor . I buy it in 3/16"-4'x8' sheets and cut to size -about $40 a sheet.
the mixture of gesso and water is 1/2 part water to 1/2 part gesso . i then add 2 to 3 teespoons of fine pumice and enough acrylic paint to give color.

What made you decide on the rose color?
I have been using the rose color for quite a while --I am drawn toi the warm colors and often let the rose color show thru especially in the distance trees..I like the reddish tone against the snow and dark shadow areas.

What's the use of the color wheel taped to your board?
I keep the color wheel close -as i refer to it when I am struggling to find a color that will relate--complimentary colors always work

Is that duct tape you're using to tape the board in place? Why? does it work particularly well for your techniques?
Duct tape works especially well as it does not fall apart when I add water to the pastel .It comes off easy leaving a nice clean edge for the framer to hold to with out getting his fingers in the pastel

Do you paint more from the color photo or do you refer to the grayscale one more frequently? The grayscale one looks like a close-up--is it?
I use the grey scale early inthe painting to locate the values .It is a close up Iwanted to see how close thevalues are inthe distance trees. Thecolor photo is helpful to determine the temperature of the light.. I have found it helps to enhance the photo using a computer program

Tom Christopher
01-21-2007, 12:22 PM
Hello -I thought I would go ahead a post the finished version of the demo. Plese offer any questions as it will help me to be more descriptive.. thank you Tom

Here is the finished painting- I have added a distant hill ( not in the reference) and sharpened some of the sunlight areas. I also softened some of the distant edges.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_011.jpg

following are colose-ups and a photo of the materials I use. Notice how the wet pastel technique gives a painterly effect to the trees and underbrush

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_014.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_015.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_016.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2007/35607-WINTER_DEMO_018.jpg

Sunflwr1
01-21-2007, 12:44 PM
Woo Hoo!!! I am lovin' this, Tom! Great demo and great questions Deborah! A few I had myself. Can't wait to see the rest and hear the answers.

Thanks so much!
Marcia

Oops! They they are! :D

DebbieGS
01-21-2007, 01:35 PM
Beautifully done! Thanks so much for the demo!

Debbie

Sunflwr1
01-21-2007, 01:59 PM
Hi Tom,

Being very new to pastels I find this demo fascinating! Love the addition of the snow hill in the background... perfect touch IMO. I have a few questions...

Did you just use the one color (lightest green) for the snow (other than the shadows and rose underpainting coming through)?

What brands of pastels are you using? Are the small sticks hard pastels?

Do you prefer to make your own surfaces? Where might one find gator board. Lowes, Home Depot? I'm not familiar with any plastics distributors

Sorry for all the questions... and thanks again for this demo! I really appreciate it!

Marcia

JWebber
01-21-2007, 02:40 PM
wow, thanks for this demo and I want your DVD when you get around to it!

MarshaSavage
01-21-2007, 03:49 PM
Tom,
This was very informative -- and the painting turned out beautifully -- especially after you added the distant hill. It was just the right touch to add a little mystery to the painting! Makes one want to walk back there.

I have only tried painting on gator foam with pumice, etc. Did you try it first? and if so, was there a reason you chose to use the gator board instead? Thanks.

Tom Christopher
01-21-2007, 05:53 PM
Hello -I will attempt to answer your quetions

[QUOTE=Sunflwr1]Hi Tom,

Being very new to pastels I find this demo fascinating! Love the addition of the snow hill in the background... perfect touch IMO. I have a few questions...

Did you just use the one color (lightest green) for the snow (other than the shadows and rose underpainting coming through)?
I used two shades of blue and a light gray for the shadow colors-I am careful to color lightly inorder to let some of the under color show thru. I used the light green and just a few touches of pure white for the snow. the slight shadows are a medium blue.

What brands of pastels are you using? Are the small sticks hard pastel
I have been using Mount Vision soft pastels --they are large and fairly reasonable in cost. The thin detail work is done with Nu pastel sticks

Do you prefer to make your own surfaces? Where might one find gator board. Lowes, Home Depot? I'm not familiar with any plastics distributors
Yes I would rather make my own surface so I can determine the amount of texture I need. You can locate a distributor in your area by searching the internet--I see some art supply stores are carrying it but can be overpriced.

thank you Tom

nana b
01-21-2007, 06:31 PM
Tom, I really appreciate this demo you shared with us. It has been very interesting and like I said, you make it look so easy. I never thought about snow scenes being something that I would want to do till I saw yours. And now I want to. So how is that for inspiration? Again, thanks!:thumbsup:

Nana B

Charles Perera
01-21-2007, 07:08 PM
Enjoyed looking at these great instructive stages of a painting .

Thankyou,
Charles

Rose Baggs
01-22-2007, 07:41 AM
What a great demo and fantastic painting Tom! Thanks for doing it.

bnoonan
01-22-2007, 11:59 AM
Outstanding - I'm running busy today Tom but I wanted to thank you for taking the time to bring us through your mastery step by step.

I can't wait to try this.... Barb

pequan
01-24-2007, 06:41 PM
AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!~ I have seen the technique of using water on the pastels on a canvas for portraits, that is really nice too...but never on gator board....do you spray with a fixative at all?

meowmeow
01-25-2007, 08:02 AM
Great demo....thanks Tom. And a great painting too....I always like snow paintings and yours are no exception. Thanks for sharing.


Sandy