Hello- I have decided to attempt a demo on painting a winter snow scene. If it works out, I may work it into an article... so here goes.
photo1- To Begin, I have masked out a surface of gator board 24x30 iches. I have added a touch of rose acrylic paint to the pastel ground mixture. (1/2 part gesso to 1/2 water and three tps of fine pumice) The reference photos (color and b&w) are placed next to the painting.
Photo 2.- Next I sketch out the basic design very loose and free using a nu pastel brown. I am trying to make sure all the elements are in good balence and relate well.
Photo-3-Here I am locating the values adding blue to the distant tree line. I am also identifying the shadows in the snow at this time.
photo 4-Now I will turn the pastel into a wet medium --By dipping an artist brush into water I go over the entire suface wetting the pastel and using a wet tissue to create light values.
In this photo I have dried the wet pastel with a hair dryer and have started to apply the snow color- The color for the snow is the lightest green I had.. looks alomost white but not quite, I will save the purest white pastel for the last step in the process.
I am continueing with the snow application using the underpainted shadows to dictate the variation in the river bank
In the last two photos I am concentrating on making sure the values are correct and the shadows for the snow are believable.
I will complete the painting tomorrow--I have been painting about 3.5 hours thus far..c/c are welcome thanks Tom