Jen Evenhus demo February 6, 2021
Who would believe how beautiful--and colorful--cacti can be! Jen taught us that color can be imagined if the value and temperature are right and that imperfection can be welcomed.
Jen starts with an underpainting of random colors washed in with alcohol or turpentine. She preselects a range of pastel that identify with color swatches. (Tip: check out design-seeds on Pinterest). After a loose charcoal sketch of the cactus, she works into the dark values of the cactus, lightly, then more heavily on the light areas. Her final step is the background, carving negative spaces that make the cactus pop up and out.
Jen gave quick tips throughout the demo, from the pastel tray attached to her easel to draping a towel over her arm to clean the pastels. The last image below is her finalized painting--stunning and loose. Click the images for full views and look for the textured strokes, especially on the lights.
Liz Haywood-Sullivan provided these progression phots of her demonstration for the December 5 PSST meeting. She said "It was so much fun to do the demo, and I enjoyed doing this piece from start to finish." The clarity of her underpainting values guided her through to the finish; her shapes, shadows and brights stayed true.
Tip: paint the local color, then the color of what falls over that local color, i.e., hot warm light over green grass, or cool sky reflected into cool shadows. Her explanation is detailed in the video (available for PSST members only.)
Left: Selecting value range and applying monochromatic underpainting
Center: Painting at end of demo - underpainting washed in, palette selected, building up first layers
Right: Finished painting - “Moving On" 16x20 pastel
A stunning demonstration of pastel skills - that was Liz Haywood-Sullivan for the December 5 virtual meeting of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas. These photos were taken of a computer screen, so they are a little blurry (sorry, Liz), but they provide an excellent representation of how Liz developed a pastel landscape..
Photos: (1) The underpainting process, (2) first layer of local color on bottom half of painting (3) progressing into the trees and sky (4) the Necessary Neutrals set chosen by Liz for her Girault personalized set available at pasteletc.com (5) the painting with sparkling warm light and neutralized shadows -- in less than one hour.
The recorded demo will be available for PSST members only to view; it is packed with techniques and awesome tips.
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