View Full Version : Pastel over wash -Demo FINISHED!

Tom Christopher
03-20-2007, 07:59 PM
Hello-I was able to take some progression photos as I began this painting tonight. I also posted the reference shot.. The painting is about 1/2 completed ..I will post the finished piece tomorrow. C/C welcome thanks Tom

Photo 1-reference photo
photo 2--The water color palette I used for the underpainting.
photo 3-the finished underpainting still wet
photo 4 the water color has dried --you can se the values are much lighter when dry
photo 5--pastel applied -tried to let the underp[ainting show thru
photo 6-close up --you can se the underpainting in thebackground.

Ref Photo






03-20-2007, 08:15 PM
Thanks for doing this, it is very interesting. And the end reuslts are super. I even like the underpainting in its own right!!

Kathryn Wilson
03-20-2007, 08:15 PM
Cool! We've been waiting for this - so thanks! I love the highlighted bush right on the point -

David Patterson
03-20-2007, 08:54 PM
I just love your style Tom...great demo!

Charles Perera
03-20-2007, 08:58 PM
That is really clever and It is a beautful representation of your method.


03-20-2007, 09:57 PM
That's a fascinating way of working Tom. I have never seen it before in progress. I am always bemused by 'mixed media' as to how the artist works them together and you have just explained one method.

grampy bone
03-20-2007, 10:32 PM
Very informative demo, I have been looking forward to this also. I would have never thought to use those colors in the underpainting. I guess thats why your the master!

nana b
03-20-2007, 11:56 PM
Tom, how utterly facinating. You are very talented. Thanks for showing us how you put it all together! it makes me feel like.... I can do that! ......but in reality, probably not. Geesh! Buy our books and send us to school and we still can't do it!:cool:


03-21-2007, 01:59 AM
Thanks Tom. Another one to add to my favorites.

Mary Brigid
03-21-2007, 05:21 AM
Thanks Tom for doing this. it is really interesting. I would never have thought of putting purple under green. Will look forward to seeing the finnished work
Mary Brigid

Donna T
03-21-2007, 08:37 AM
Can I trade eyes with you for just one day? :D I would love to be able to look at a photo or even a ho-hum real-life scene and see all the wonderful colors that you do. You are so not a slave to the photo that it isn't funny. Thanks soooo much for the demo. It is really helpful to see all the steps come together into a beautiful painting.

Donna T

03-21-2007, 09:05 AM
Tom.... That was fascinating...Thank you so much! Donna Roth

Kathryn Wilson
03-21-2007, 01:19 PM
I am rating this thread excellent!

03-21-2007, 01:50 PM
What a wonderful technique. Thanks for sharing!!

03-21-2007, 05:10 PM
I'm rating it, too.Thanks, Tom! Excellent! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece, too.

03-21-2007, 05:55 PM
This is really nice! Is your surface painted with marble dust or something like that? I can see it peeking through and giving the piece some beautiful character! Thanks for the demo!

03-21-2007, 06:05 PM

thank you so much !!!!

bruce johnson
03-21-2007, 06:14 PM
This is awesome Tom,, I must have a go at this technique with a portrait.. :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

Tom Christopher
03-21-2007, 08:24 PM
This is really nice! Is your surface painted with marble dust or something like that? I can see it peeking through and giving the piece some beautiful character! Thanks for the demo!

Hello-- the surface is a mixture of gesso fine pumice and water.--two parts gesso to one part water and 4 teaspoon of fine pumice. The support is 5/16 gator board

Here are the finished photos
photo 9--here I am close to finish but need to add more light tothe background and work more on the shadow areas.. I feel the shadow areas are the most important so I spend a good deal of time on them. Also wanted to add some fancy pastel strokes to bring it alive.

photo 10--finished and signed --any suggestions are welcome

photo 11 --a closeup of detail work

photo 9

photo 10-FINISHED

photo 11-CLOSE UP

03-22-2007, 08:23 AM
Hi Tom
Looks great but you do not say what paper you are using.


03-22-2007, 08:29 AM
OK Sorry ,I have just seen it.
Got my pages mixed up.


03-22-2007, 01:39 PM
stunning ... and many thanks for the wip !!

Pat Isaac
03-22-2007, 04:31 PM
Me too. I think this is a great demo and how you have interpreted the original photo is amazing. Yours is full of life.


03-22-2007, 06:28 PM
Thanks for sharing Tom. It's great watching from the start to the finish. Very helpful. Thanks again.


Rose Baggs
03-22-2007, 07:50 PM
Gorgeous Tom!!! Thanks for sharing the technique!