Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DAY 1 PRACTICING WHAT WAS PREACHED

           Otter Pond | Pastel | 9x12

I just finished up a pastel/oil workshop with Barbara Jaenicke at Carrie Moore Studios in Oregon City, Or. Inspiring, lots of new info and a great group of artists!

Day 1 emphasized taking a photo down to no more than 5 spaces-trying for one especially large dominant one.  Then we did a value sketch of it and used this to draw our sketch on our painting surface. Great way to simplify and keep to it.

Process:Next came the underpainting. Using Uart 400 paper, I applied colors on the big shapes and soaked them into the paper using isopropyl alcohol applied with a bristle brush.  Some areas I literally blotted the alcohol on, some I streaked, and I allowed some dripping In certain areas ( like the water reflections).  What was new for me was to be very deliberate in the application-. The more 'finished' you make the underpainting, the less work you have in making your top strokes. Here's the result in a small singing called Otter Pond.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Marti...great job on this on! Hang in there!

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  2. Great job Marti. I look forward to seeing more.

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  3. Wonderful color and values!! Beautiful :)

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