• by joey heuisler ward

PASTEL STEP-BY-STEP DEMO: TABLE 35

Updated: 7 days ago



This is a step-by-step on a pastel painting I did of the table still life from the last time we were able to get out to a restaurant before the diabolical nCovid19 struck and put the entire world under house arrest.



This is the palette that I used: it's mostly Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, and Schmincke soft pastels. The shapes in the lower left are bits of pipe insulation, which are used for blending/blurring.



Here is the reference photo for this painting.



The graphite sketch was done on UArt Sanded Pastel Paper No.400 Grade Paper in beige. This piece was cut from a larger sheet of an old painting and the blue on the right is part of the wash from the other painting.

The image area is fairly small, approximately: 7" x 10".



This is the underpainting, done by lightly shading in with an indigo blue NuPastel and using an isopropyl alcohol (surgical spirits) wash with a 1/2" flat brush, to wash in the major shapes.



Next came the blocking in, over the underpainting, in darks and midtones.



Progress...but the number 35 was too strong and I had to redraw in the "Kerr" embossing on the glass, because it was completely covered from the original sketch.


I was getting into the finer details, at this point so I broke out my pastel pencils, charcoal pencils, and NuPastels to the mix to define certain areas, such as the glass embossing and the chrome. I must be careful NOT TO OVERDO THE DETAILS; I want to keep the loose marks.



The next step is VERY IMPORTANT...I PUT THE PAINTING AWAY FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS.

I will look at it the next day or in a mirror, to have fresh eyes and make final tweaks/revisions. I will also take several pictures of it and look through the camera lens, to reveal some needed changes.


This is the final, but I may end up revising again in the coming months.

Is a painting ever really finished?



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