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Old 08-24-2014, 04:22 PM
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This is a copy of the Demonstration thread - the original thread is here.


This is a Demonstration of painting a Daisy in PanPastels.

PanPastels are a different way of adding soft pastel to paper, from either soft pastel sticks, hard pastels or pastel pencils.
The pastels come in little pans and are applied with special sponges, sold to use with PanPastels. You can do everything with Pans that you can do with pastel sticks - blend, scumble etc. The biggest benefit is that they are practically dust-free, which is a huge bonus to anyone that has breathing problems when using soft pastel sticks.

Here's a photo of some of the PanPastels in their Pans.

And this photo shows some of the sponges, which come in various shapes and sizes.
Other sponges can be used e.g. make-up sponges etc, but the sponges sold to use with Pans are of a different texture, and work much better.
There are also long handled, "soft tools", which can be used to apply more detail. These "soft tools", have little soft, sponge covers that slip over the top of the tool, and they also come in different shapes and sizes.

This photo shows more of the sponges, I used to paint this Daisy pastel

I've used a slightly different technique with this painting than I usually would with soft pastels.
PanPastels are semi-transparent, so I thought I'd explore their transparent qualities and work from light to dark, as I would if I was using watercolor.
Here's my first block-in

And the second layer

Third layer with more colour added, and more work on the background

Final painting with lots more detail and colour added.

Here's my second Daisy Pastel.
Done with PanPastels (the same as the first)on Mi-Teintes paper - A4 size
This was rendered in a similar way to my first Daisy painting but with entirely different colours.
PanPastels are very adaptable and I love their colours range. They also will mix beautifully. Just sweep the sponge across the pan 2or 3 times to load it.

We hope to gradually build a Library of "How to" references of various different flowers painted in different painting mediums.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:27 PM
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Daisies - Marigolds- Digital, in ArtRage3.

For this digital version I used 4 layers, this allows me to work on a separate layer for any particular piece and not get mixed up with what's already been done.
I also try to 'paint' as I would with a physical medium, so I try to add paint thickly or in glazes by altering the amount of 'thinners' in the paint load.

The canvas is supposed to be rough - I haven't yet worked out how to get the texture to show the way Jean (Justjean) does .... I'm working on it though!

I used the flat oil brush throughout, simply altering the size or thickness of the paint.

I used a resolution of 300pixels so if I enlarge it I can see what's happening more easily! I later (in another programme) resize this to 100dpi and 700 max dimension for uploading to WC!

All images show the work place - the screen - with tools bottom left, palette bottom right, the reference on the left and the layers palette top right.

The brush can be shown as a brush (as Jean uses hers) or just as a 'cross' cursor, which is how mine is at present - the settings somehow got changed on mine!

1. I start with the first layer and mess around with different greens to make a muted b/g suggestive of foliage.

2. I then open another layer for the first flower. I can come back to this layer at any point and adjust/repaint as needed.
I started the flower with a basic orange-y colour, added lighter and darker, used the 'knife' tool to blend where needed and then used thinner paint to glaze darker shadows over.
That's basically the way all are painted.

3. A new layer for the next two marigolds and because it's a different layer I can paint over the edges of the first flower without altering/spoiling it.
I later change the position of this layer so it is lower than the first, which eventually becomes the uppermost layer.

4. The final layer follows the same principle - I can paint over all other layers and eventually move this layer so it falls to the back.

5. The final painting.

This next illustration shows how some layers can be made invisible so you can view a layer without seeing other work.

And that's all there is to it!
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These are the WIPs for my Daisies Squared painting, done in oils.

Usually I take a photo when I've just laid in the temperature colors (the first layer in the technique I've been using is the done in a color that shows the temperature of the light--cool colors for shade and warm colors for sun, but never starting foliage with green, even though it's cool) This time I pretty much completed the background first, starting with strokes of ultramarine blue and dioxazine purple, and then blending Cadmium yellow and Cadmium Yellow Light to make the greens. I use a palette knife to put on the colors until I get close to finishing. This is the painting when the background was mostly done:

For the next step, I laid in the temperature colors on the flowers (Cadmium Yellow Lemon mixed with white and Cad Red Light mixed with white for the sunlit petals, and Permanent Mauve mixed with white for shadows), still using the palette knife:

After this, I started using brushes, to get the details. I began the detail work with the focal flower. This next picture was taken after I had completed that flower (the color is off on this one, probably because it was late!):

As I completed each flower, I brought the background up to the edge of the flower, and when I had completed all the flowers, I played with the background, adding a few buds in the distance.

I did some final tweaking of the background, and this is the final photo of the completed painting:


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