This blog follows Fine Art Pastel paintings by Betsy Priesing. The paintings are at some times, works in progress, as well as finished pastel paintings. I try to explain some of the process in developing pastel painting. I hope you enjoy!
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14x11" This is the 2nd real attempt at using cross-hatching through the whole painting. Alot, Alot of strokes were used. To tone an area down I used complimentary colors in the same values. Such as the big spruce on the right has reds under the blue and greens. And to liven up an area the colors stayed to those next to each other on the colorwheel. Some areas needed to lay down flat so I used horizontal strokes such as those in the water, and vertical strokes in the grass around the area of interest. Doing this allows the my eye to focus on the areas I choose to be the center of interest.
This is a closeup of the strokes I used.
I have been mulling over how to do a portrait using these stroking techniques...I may or may not succeed but will have fun trying.