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« on: June 05, 2013 06:26:19 PM »

So, my hubby's favorite stretch of country road here in Upstate New York is ten minutes away. I decided to do a pastel chalk painting of it for his birthday.
Here it is, finished. Then I will show step by step along the way...

With a pencil sketch of it all, which does not really show up in this pic, I put in some blue around the clouds

I add a darker blue

I have seen my two sizes of stomps around whenever I go into my crafts bin, but do you think I can find 'em when I need 'em? Noooooo. So I blend with toilet paper.

What it looks like with too much chalk dust on it...

Blown off (handy to have big lungs...)

The chalk went a bit into the cloud -

So, I take my handy dandy kneaded eraser and go at it.

While I have my head in the clouds, I clean up any bits of blue that have strayed into the white. See how dirty my eraser gets?

All I do is fold it over, putting the blue on this inside of the eraser, and continue on

I add grey for cloud shadows. For smooshing this onto the paper, I need something more delicate than toilet paper on the end of my finger. I switch to qtips.

Now I take one giant leap and block in a lot of color for the entire painting -

I begin to add darker colors where shadows will be

I find that I have no purple in either of my pastel sets, so I must make it using blue and red

I blend the various greens in the meadows. I have outlined the dips which are a prominent part of the charming structure of this area he likes so much...
I use white on top of the blue and red to blend it into purple instead of using a stomp

For the thousands of stems, the end result will basically be a blur, but it is important to put the initial color on as stems, in that up and down motion.

I add both blue and brown to the grey road. In the end, you will not see either color directly, but it does make a difference.

Suddenly, I am not happy with the clouds. I add white, which I did not think I would do before. But it makes the clouds really pop out against the sky, making it more 3d and more dramatic

There's a heckofalota chalk on the paper now, so it's time to blow the thing off. I cover the lower part with paper towel so the greens don't end up in the sky. I blow off the sky. My kitchen wall is now tinged beyond its usual cream color.

I flip the painting over and do the same with the lower part, blowing it off the bottom edge. My cat runs.

I add the yellow lines to the road. I also add a streak of orange that will just barely show up in the end, as I will layer more yellow on top of it
I add the side white line, too

I add a lot of white 'dots' to the purple flowers, as they looked too blocky

After the white, the flowers are still just a blob. I add meadow colors to make the flowers look more realistic and sparse

more touch-ups all around - adding layers of light or shadow to meadow, redoing clouds that have turned green, more greens to some of the far away trees, redefine the white line, make the road a bit darker and it is finished. I spray it with two layers of fixative. No money for a frame at this time. I hope hubby does not mind...

This is certainly not an adventuresome painting. It looks like a photo rather than a 'proper' pastel. But I have not picked up a chalk in over twenty years and am not ready for such a giant plunge just yet.


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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013 06:32:23 PM »

good job blu! i wouldn't be able to do somethin like that

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013 07:32:01 PM »

Wow this is beautiful, I bet he loves it! I really loved seeing all the in-progress pics. Maybe you can teach me sometime. Wink

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013 08:32:39 PM »

Beauuuuuuutiful! Thank you also for sharing your process  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013 06:07:43 AM »

That's lovely!

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013 06:14:39 AM »

So much detail and care.  Thank you for sharing the process!


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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013 07:57:54 AM »

Wow!  Thank you for showing all the in process pics.  If he doesn't like it I think I could find it a good home  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013 10:18:15 AM »

Beautiful landscape, I love seeing the pictures of your process!

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