With a grey sky threatening I decided to have a go at a Sunset painting I had previously sketched of Ullswater. I taped and fastened down Fisher 400 pastel paper onto a board. I then applied primary colours of watercolours, which I then spayed with water to try and get some movement. I left this to dry flat and then started to apply pastels.
Yellows, Oranges reds and a little Blue was laid into the sky, I then gently softened it with the palm of my hand ( Tip number 1) With the sky starting to take shape, I painted some of the back mountains, I find doing this even though the sky is unfinished helps to make sense of the sky!! Are you still following!
Nearly finished, to paint the mountains tonally does help using the different number scales of Unison pastel (Tip number 2) I also once the correct tone is applied I then very lightly drag across the sky colours
(Tip number 3) I find this helps to harmonise the sky and landscape.
Watercolours and Pastels at Grasmere
Monday 8th to Thursday 11th October 2012
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