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Old 01-09-2020, 02:39 PM
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Palm trees n beach - help with foreground

This is my second pastel. Made the mistake of using Canson on right side, which gobbled up the pastel especially the sky! I used a photo (from Unsplash, courtesy Matthew Brodeau) and the big brown splodge in the foreground is a shadow of trees cast from the right. I decided I wanted the light to come from the left and now need help with that splodge. Any suggestions please?

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Old 01-11-2020, 01:47 AM
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Re: Palm trees n beach - help with foreground



I think the greens could be much deeper & darker inside the shadowed deepest parts..and at & under the base of grasses.
I would adjust the brown shadow to a more blued shadow color.

It isn't clear what direction the light is coming from..one side would be brighter & the other side would have darker areas..and shadows..
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Re: Palm trees n beach - help with foreground

Thank you Joy for your advice. Below is where I am with adding darker areas to the bushes. Iím having trouble adding any more pastel to that large shadow at the bottom of the picture. Does it need to be even darker? Iím a total novice to art but really enjoying the learning process.

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Re: Palm trees n beach - help with foreground

Maybe try to work some speckles or sky holes and softer edges for the shadow.
I'm not sure if wiping out or using eraser for that..
I'm not a pastel expert, only dabbled with it..might be worth a web search or check WC Pastel forum for techniques & tips.
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Re: Palm trees n beach - help with foreground

Thanks Joy for your help. I scrubbed off the original red-brown shadow as much as possible and sprayed with fixative. Next, I redid the area with the sand colour then added the shadow with more detail and in a cooler brown-grey shade. The sand at the right I lightened where the sun would be shining strongly.
I also cut off about an inch from the bottom edge of the paper as the proportions werenít quite right. Iím calling it finished for now, I may come back to it when I have hopefully improved.

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