Thursday, April 5, 2012

Waterfall III - Pan Pastels

Fourth Daily Painting, done before dawn on April 5th. I might even paint again later today and catch up. 5" x 7" Pan Pastels on Buttercup PastelMat. Same reference as the previous two waterfall paintings, but this time I flipped the reference horizontally.

I used the 20 Painters set and 20 Tints sets of Pan Pastels, didn't get down into the trays of Shades and Deep Dark Shades for this one. Violet and Raw Umber provided enough contrast for my darks, while using tints over pure tones gave me some lovely darker tints on the rocks. Highlights have several varied tints in them, from spectrum tints to earth tints like Red Iron Oxide, Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre.

I usually work a stage larger with Pan Pastels, at least 8" x 10". So it was a pleasant surprise to rediscover how much detail I could get with the corners of a fresh wedge sponge and the tip of a small applicator for softer, more rounded small rocks in the foam.

I sleep and wake on a loony schedule, so painting at five in the morning is almost par for the course. I'll probably nap after my home care worker comes and then go to my afternoon appointment at the clinic.

1 comment:

  1. 5am or 5pm, it doesn't matter as long as you are painting. You are doing a great job on the challenge.

    Your water has some very nice movement and the rocks are well modeled. Nice glow in the background too. I find 5 x 7 is a good size for these challenge paintings. Keep at it.