Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Pastel Video Demonstration - Monochromatic Underpainting

In keeping with my "paying it forward" concept, yesterday I shot and edited a new, 7-minute video demonstration for you to enjoy.  You can view it on my YouTube channel.

"Long Canyon Cliff" 9x12, pastel
In this pastel demonstration, I show how you can make use of a monochromatic underpainting to help capture light and shadow patterns effectively before moving to local color.  Although this is typically a studio technique, I have adapted it for use in the field.   One problem we all have when painting outdoors is keeping track of shadows and values.  When you're worrying about color, it's so easy to get sidetracked.  I call this the "Heartbreak of  Slipping Values."  Once you slide into the ditch, it's hard to climb out.

I gave a similar demonstration at the biennial IAPS (International Association of Pastel Socieities) convention a few years ago, and it was well-received.  I hope you like this video version, too.

For other video demonstrations, please visit my Lulu store:  http://lulu.com/spotlight/miragenm.  And by the way, the demonstration painting (above) itself is for sale - $100 + $10 shipping.  Let me know if you're interested.

1 comment:

Scott Ruthven said...

Thanks for the good demo Michael.