I’ve had such a busy few weeks getting ready for a couple of exhibitions. The Pastel Society of Ireland have their big 25th Annual Exhibition on at the moment in Belfast and it looks spectacular. I’m very happy to have 4 pieces in this. I’m also gearing up for the weekend when my two ‘man’ show with a fellow pastellist starts. It’ll be the most amount of my work I’ve ever seen in one venue so I’m looking forward to that!
This piece is something I wanted to get done in time and I’ve just about managed it!
Hope you enjoy following the progress!
|The finished painting ‘Portballintrae Bay’ 27″x19″ Pastel on velour|
|My photo reference. I joined 2 photos together to create the panorama effect.|
|I’ve added the cloud area. The left hand side is where the main
light is coming from. The sky next the horizon is a mixture of
lilac purples, blues and warm yellows and peaches. Blended
all together they give a lovely luminous effect.
|Starting to define the cloud shapes|
|Most blending is done with my fingers.|
|I’ve blocked in some of the darks with a Faber Castell black stick.
This will create the depth when I layer on the lighter tones.
|I’ll work my way from the horizon line forward. I’ve blocked in
a sandy pink which will shine through the water as the sand
beneath the surface does.
|Working on the small details of where the sea meets the beach.
Using some lovely Unison sea greens and greys.
|Building up the sea tones gradually. The lip of each wave
gets a good bright highlight and I’ll dot some bits of white
over these at the end to give little sparkles off the water.
|Close up section of the finished painting. I love the drama
in this sky and the velour is perfect for creating the soft blend.