Friday, June 14, 2013

Painting a Woman in Water - Part 2 by Carmella Jarvi : Pastel Painting Presented by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff -- Welcome to Artist Palette Productions at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

Hard to believe this is going to turn into a nice painting, but it will in the end. I'm going to do a little more with my values.

Here in this corner it's darker. I am not on auto-pilot trying to fill it all in, I'm trying to go with the flow of the water.

When you're doing water, it's a lot of fun to look for these cool little reflections and let those go ahead and be laid in.

I don't want to make this line here too hard or my painting will not work in the end.

You can see how that really divides it. What I want to do is while I have this color, is drag it in like this.

I need to fix and finish painting the water before I go into the figure too much. It's much easier to focus on background, middle ground, then foreground.

I am looking for a green that goes with the color palette of the photograph. If you're a little newer with pastels and feel uncomfortable just picking a color, what you can do, and I would encourage you to do, is to have a piece of practice paper. That way you can come in and practice your colors and your marks and your final piece will be a lot better.

Instead of outlining and I can come in here like this and dot the pastel along like this and avoid having a harsh line.

This will be one of those paintings where in the video you won't seem involved through the whole thing - probably a couple of hours. But you're seeing a very important stage where I'm beginning a painting, how rough it looks, how I'm layering in order to get the water and the figure and then you'll see the finished piece.

Another cool thing that starts to happen with water is you get some of the light that has gone through the water, and the little lines of refracted light on the bottom of the pool. So I can come in and start suggesting- with a little bit of a rolling pastel - some of these lightning bolts coming through the surface of the work. I don't want to come in really heavy handed, I just want to suggest them. This will bring some more interest to this large area that the figure is not in and will make it more interesting.

I also want to bring some of this color over here - very important to have that unity in the piece. I've been painting water for many years, and when you observe water you start to notice the way it moves and how light, shadow and color move across it.

So if you enjoy water, practice painting and these techniques I'm showing you, work from photos and also go out and work from real water. Run some water out of the sink and do a study of the water coming out of the spicket.

The more you study the water, and your paintings of water will be so much more interesting.

Again, I'm here with the lighter areas so I have to look at the anatomy. I don't want to outline it but I do want this to be blocked in correctly.

Now I want to suggest a little bit more of the anatomy to get this correct. I do want her to look like a female but it's important that I don't worry about that too much in the beginning. I'm basically showing form with the pastel.

Then because the face, neck and the body are all the same person, I want to go ahead to all the different parts of the body with the same color I'm using.

I want to work on the figure here to show how I bring this up. Notice it would be very easy to just fill it all in with this color but it's not a coloring book. So if you want to suggest this form properly, you need to do it from the beginning just like you did with the water.