I've never documented a painting from start to completion, so I'm hoping this works:
I started by loosing drawing the large shapes (neutral pastel pencil on UArt 400 paper)
Then I filled the shapes in with NuPastels in roughly the colors I planned to use in the finished product (if I didn't have the right color, I tried to get as close as possible in value:
The next step was to wash the whole thing with turpenoid and let it dry:
Once that was completely dry (next day), I started with the top portion (I try to stay top down/left right as much as I can) correcting colors and adding most of the detail I hoped for in the finished piece:
As I move downward, I'll correct/add detail to the previous day's work before going on the next portion of the painting, usually aiming for a third of the piece at a time:
Next is a detail of the rock formation; I corrected the colors, then added the texture and details with pastel pencils:
After I finished the rocks, I moved to the bottom of the piece; the lily pads come completely off and got added back in, then reworked!
Lastly, I went back and put in anything I'd omitted on the first pass; when I'm 'done' I make a check list of things that need attention (I always do this an hour or two after I've stopped painting):
Here's the finished piece, River Blooms, 12x16 on UArt 400; I used several brands of pastels.
Please let me know what you think of the piece and the process. I'm anxious to hear people's thoughts. Thanks very much for looking. Neal