Painting for the Holidays
As the holidays fast approach, I have always found that handmade gifts hold a special significance, especially if it comes from the heart. Sure, an iPad would be great, but since I never really grew up, and I like to play and craft, and sew, and quilt, and paint, and and and ... well, that's what I start to think about once November kicks in. I probably should start sooner, but November is about the time I really start thinking about what I want to give my family for Christmas.
For the grown up members of my family, I enjoy giving paintings. Oil or Pastel. Lately, I've been having a grand-ol time in my studio painting in pastel, and even approaching a subject that I have not painted much of in the past - flowers.
Today, I painted two 5x7 pastels of Pansies. My goal is not to copy detail for detail the pansies so that they look like a photograph. If I wanted to do that, I would take the photo and be done with it. No, I want my paintings to look like paintings, so I paint impressionistically with a hint of detail here and there.
I started with a piece of 5x7 pastel paper by Sennelier. I cut the paper to the size I wanted. Then I put down a rough sketch in charcoal.
Next, I just laid in some color. Not interested in detail. Just having fun.
Here, I laid in a little more detail. Don't feel like you have to copy your reference detail-for-detail. The goal here is just to have fun! Put down believable information in your signature style.
Painting is progressing.
And this is my finished painting. Notice how I added color washes to the bottom to give the impression of other pansies existing in the foliage.
Here is painting #2 I did today as well.
After I'm done, I give the pastel a little smack on the back and blow lightly to remove any excess pastel dust, then I wash my hands, and place it on foam board, taping the corners just enough to hold it in place, and then place a mat over the painting. Slide it into the clear sleeve, and wah-lah! I have one painting completely done and matted and ready for gift giving.
Hope you enjoyed my pastel workshop today!