Finished a new pastel painting this evening. I was interested in doing another under painting where I melted the first layer of pastel with odorless mineral spirits into the sanded paper. I always hope to leave much of this layer showing in the end, but I tend to cover most of it. Below are process shots:
My sanded paper on the left, two prints of the same photo with differing contrast, and my little value thumbnail.
A quick sketch using vine charcoal to place the shapes.
A light layer of hard pastel for the under painting.
Melted into the paper with mineral spirits.
Beginning of dry pastel layers.
Below is the end of the first evening's work
Before the finishing touches.
"Creek Side", 8x10, pastel on UArt 500 grit sanded paper