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Old 07-11-2007, 01:05 AM
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My first pastel landscape wip FINISHED!

Hi all
I've never done a landscape in pastel, so I thought it was about time to try it out. I've never dared try caus I feel a little awed by all of you landscap artists out there. You do beautifull work!
So, I've been googling the net to find a photo ref, and I proberly chose the hardest one I could find, that's also why I post this now, because then I have no way of sneeking myself out of doing it

This is the ref I chose:


I've only made the sketch, and I haven't got a wip to show you, but I get off from work early today, and then I really would like to get started.

Any advice from you would be really appriciated!

I'm making it on a full sheet of art spectrum paper (70x50cm) using softpastel sticks and pastel pencils.
Thanks for looking
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:23 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

It's a beautiful photo and I can see why you were drawn to it. Painting it on a full sheet sounds like a real commitment. Before beginning, ask yourself if you will be happy never showing this painting even if it's a masterpiece. If the answer is no, contact the photographer for permission before starting the painting. Get the photographer's permission in writing.

Otherwise, have fun! This should be a real learning experience.

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Old 07-11-2007, 01:38 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Thank you Mikki! I've just sendt him an email and asked his permission. What a great idea! I didn't think of that, but you are right. Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:45 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

It's such a gorgeous photo and will be such a nice painting that I'd hate to see you not be able to display it.

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Old 07-11-2007, 01:48 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Thanks again Mikki! It's a great piece of advice that I will remember for the future.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:14 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Hi dbjs - hope this goes well for you. It really is a very, very beautiful picture, and I truly hope it all goes well for you. It's an awesome piece to take on, but with time and patience I think you can do yourself and all of us at WC! proud.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:43 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Thank you Pabs I really hope it does go well, if it dosn't well....I'll just try another landscape.

Here's the transfered sketch on my sheet of art spectrum paper. I'm using the storm blue hue that I also used for the horse I did some time ago.



Sorry for the bad quality
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:59 AM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

wow ... what an ambitious landscape to tackle for your first !! ... and on such a large scale !! .... i'm sure with your abilities, though, you'll adapt just fine to landscape painting and will produce a wonderful painting .... and i do hope that the photographer authorizes your painting his photo ...
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

If he doesn't give permission, even then you haven't lost, you will be getting good practice at landscapes.

This is a beaut - my eye is skipping all over the photo looking at the large shapes, dark and lights - it will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Go with the flow and your gut and make the painting your own - don't be a slave to the photo.
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Old 07-11-2007, 02:46 PM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

That's right Kathryn no-mather what it won't be a waste. If he says no, I can just have it hanging in my livingroom.

I'll try for a middle way where I can feel comfertabel with the painting, not being a slave, but not casting the photo away either.
Thank you for your advice kathryn


Here's my work from today...I'm just feeling my way at making the clouds, that's a really new thing for me, especially these kinds of clouds, though I have always been facinatet with them and their colors.


Thanks for looking
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

WOW, a beautiful reference photo!!
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:24 PM
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Dorte, you have the painting skills to do this, I'm sure. It just means finding your way through the landscape a few times!

A bit of advice on this one--don't let that cloud remain the same size and shape as the mountain it's next to! The photographer couldn't change that--it was how it looked. But you can make it slightly taller or shorter than the mountain. Shorter will look farther away, of course, and taller will look nearer.

I'd also suggest that as you lay in the sky and the cloud colors, you put a light layer of the same colors into the reflection below, BUT don't try to paint the whole reflection until you have painted what is above. Sometimes you copy the photo but in the painting something is not located in the same place (like maybe the cloud is shorter or taller), which makes a reflection look odd. Be sure to turn the painting on its side and analyze to see that the reflections match!

Have fun...

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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

THis is looking great Dorte.. I'll be back to check your pogress
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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Woohoo, I got home just in time to follow this one closely...!!
I have no doubt you'll finish this with honors, great to see you tackle a new subject! I'd love to learn landscapes too, so this is a chance to get good advice and watch the steps you take...

Great start, the colors look smashing, and you've chosen a wonderful ref....looks challenging enough....lol....gonna be fun, look forward to next step....

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Re: My first pastel landscape wip

Wow Dorte... welcome to landscape world. This is a challange and I have do doubt that you are going to rise to it.
How do you transfer your sketch to your support?
Will be watching and looking forward to your next post
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