PASTEL STEP-BY-STEP DEMO: TABLE 35
Updated: Mar 28
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.
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?