AS USUAL THESE LESSONS ARE FILMED IN REAL-TIME so that you can follow every stroke, every blend, every surface colour mix, every technique, hint and tip and everything that comes through as Artist & Author Paul Taggart works and provides a running commentary.
In LESSON 9 you will begin to appreciate the dynamism and subtlety of this purest of dry mediums. This is not about working with chalk and blocks of colour – this is truly painting with pure pigment and as such it is about brush-strokes and colour mixing.
The difference being that in this medium you will be relying on visual and surface colour mixing; something that you can exploit to its fullest.
As Paul works up the main body of water to its fina stages you will be seeing for yourself how to exploit colour temperatures, complementary colour contrasts and graduated value changes.
You will appreciate how working gradually in layers is akin to the traditional layering technique used in oils, watercolours and acrylics. It is only through this process of gradually building the colours though the different values that you will achieve a natural result – skip any of these layers and your work will look harsh.
Lessons 7, 8 & 9 should not be thought of as merely more lessons in this start-to-finish painting; see this set of three lesons as a stand-alone tutorial-within-a-tutorial on two counts – one for colour mixing, the other for effectively rendering water.
As with the first stages this painting has to be balanced and to this end Paul works on until he feels that the main body of water is more or less complete. Any fininishing touches will be added at the ‘pulling together’ stage in the final lesson.
THEN IT IS ON TO REMOVING THE MASKING FLUID and REVEALING THOSE DARK UPRIGHTS.
FINALLY in this lesson, a further reveal – how to exploit a kneadable putty eraser to introduce some subtle clouds into the sky.
You will learn much about how to exploit pastel strokes as you would a brush; how to manipulate the paper wiper as if blending and softening with a brush; how the underlying paint layer continues to influence the subsequently laid pastel colours and how it works in providing those dark accents and complementary foils.
You will not only learn about colour mixing on the surface, you will also learn about visual texture and so much more, for as with all of Paul’s tutorials, nothing is held back, you are privy to his every thought process and working method.
TECHNIQUE – Paul uses the layering technique of working from dark to light – A TECHNIQUE BORROWED FROM HIS TRADITIONAL METHOD WHEN PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS, which means THIS SET OF LESSONS COULD BE ADAPTED FOR USE WITH BOTH OF THESE MEDIUMS – one of the reasons why Artist & Author Paul Taggart refers to his process of working in soft pastels as “….painting with pastels”.
SUBJECT – A common request is for sunsets – so Paul has built the composition around one of his own Masterworks Oil Paintings in order that he can demonstrate the workings of sunset light reflected onto a main body of water AND how to render dark subjects that seemingly recede into the shadows and gloom contrasted against the bright intense light of the setting sun.
Follow Paul’s detailed demonstration and you will appreciate how Paul’s enthusiasm for his craft comes through as he delights in sharing his knowledge – borne from the experience of a professional artist of over forty years standing.
More useful box-sets from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1