Because you are working with a limited palette, you don’t have the luxury of being able to work through varying values of an extensive range of colours. Because you are working with sketching pastels, you don’t have the opportunity to apply too many layers.
BUT ….. this need not restrict you from exploiting techniques borrowed from Paul’s traditional method of painting. In so doing you will be able to achieve far richer results than you might suppose when working with sketching pastels. Results gained through the use of layers and correctly identified values of colour.
Which is why each of the lessons in this series can be viewed as stand-alone tutorials in their own right; as here in Lesson 5, which you will find to be AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN EFFECTIVELY DESCRIBING THE VARYING CHARACTERISTICS in DIFFERENT SPECIES OF TREES.
You will find this AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN ACHIEVING A VARIETY OF COLOURS by EXPLOITING SURFACE COLOUR MIXING.
You will also learn about the importance of rendering the correct values and how to go about achieving those.
You join Artist & Author Paul Taggart as he embarks on the second layer of pastel; in which you will be creating not only volume, but also introducing sunlight into the composition. As ever you will be working from the top of the composition downwards and as such, the trees are the first elements to get your attention.
Firstly, however, Paul needs to work up the reflected lights, which are the blue-biased cool colours throughout the trees. This he does either by using the available colours of pastels in the particular set of pastels, OR by surface colour mixing.
As ever this lesson is packed full of hints, tips and techniques, shared not only in what you can see through close-up shots and real-time filming, but just as importantly via Paul’s running commentary throughout. He shares with you reasons and consequences; such as where and when to apply highlights, where and when to apply yellow and hold back on the colour.
You will understand the function of blending and how to selectively manipulate blending to create volume and form. Paul explains how painting with a brush is emulated in the way in which you exploit the blender to enhance the structural qualities of the various trees.
Having completed the first pass through these trees in working up the reflected lights and creating the denser, softer darks and mid dark values you are then ready to move on to the sunlit, warmer sections.
As with any painting, you do need to pay attention when working through to the lightest highlights – patience in gradually doing so being the way to approach this. It is tempting to get those highlights applied, but pay particular attention to how Paul approaches this.
You will learn how to exploit varying pressures as you apply the pastel to the surface, how to exploit the piece of pastel in your grasp, how to exploit directional strokes and so much more.
In working through the section of trees, you will naturally work on the distant building and in so doing will also be negatively painting the trees that wrap around it.
Now work continues down the composition and the first eflected lights are placed across the ploughed field – this is about aerial perspective, vanishing points, perspective and so on – none of it is difficult, as you will soon discover through Paul’s simplification of the process.
MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…
‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1