These are the notes I used
Use your own photos and ask yourself what you liked about the scene and do some thumbnail sketches.Karen Margulis does this all the time and is very helpful with pastel painting tips. Her blog is full of information. She puts up a hint almost daily. She teaches, makes videos and more. Great ideas for painting in pastels for traveling, etc. http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/
- Photos are just reference
- You are painting not copying or just remaking the photo
- Make a few large shapes, group trees into one shape for example
- If you use more than one photo, make sure your light is from the same direction.
- Use sketching and color notes
Also keep in mind your composition with a lead in and a center of interest
For practice you can use a photo, black and white if you like for values. Then add your own colors, time of day, season, etc. Paint several practice scenes from the same photo with different colors and centers of interest. Paint these small and quickly.
You can crop and do the changes on the computer, which is what I sometimes do. Then have my reference on my iPad so I can zoom in and see color in shadows and more detail. If not I suggest you fold the photo or crop with tape. You can make thumbnail (small) sketches for value and major shapes before you start, too. Paintings are usually more successful with a plan.
For this painting, Walk in the Park, pastel, 9 x 12 inches, I worked from several photos. I have painted down on the Riverwalk here in Bastrop a few times so have good memories to help me.
|There are still bluebonnets!|
|My sketching chair.|
|The view toward the easterly lake.|
I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 401 in the large sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen. Quick and sketchy.
Number 9, well used - rocking chair
Number 10, elbow - Gene's
Number 11, big toe - again, Gene's