Pastel artist Michael Chesley Johnson shares the step-by-step pastel demonstration of Tobey’s Path (pastel, 11×14) in which he uses the newly released La Maison du Pastel “Petits Roché Neutrals” three sets and the Terry Ludwig “Shades of Nature” set to create a farm landscape. For more about the pastels, see the February 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, available in print or as a download, at northlightshop.com, and on newsstands January 5.
Demonstration: Tobey’s Path
The La Maison du Pastel “Petits Roché Neutrals” sets and Terry Ludwig “Shades of Nature” set are well-suited to painting a muted landscape, such as this autumnal scene in Nova Scotia. I was particularly delighted with the harmonious color in each of the sets. The “Petits Roché Neutrals” provided a subtle shift from warm to cool for each of the color families found on the color wheel. The “Shades of Nature” pastels were similar in this respect, yet provided a richer color component.
Step 1: I toned a sheet of Wallis sanded paper a dull red with PanPastel and a sponge applicator. I used a dark green Roché (6244) to sketch in my major shapes.
Step 3: I continued to block in the lighter shapes with mid-values and lights from Roché, especially blues and yellows (7418, 4726 and 4728).
Step 4: I moved to the Ludwig pastels, which were softer, to increase the richness of the field. I used yellow, green and violet (Y172, G732 and V443). I also noted my lightest, darkest and richest accents to give me an idea of my value and chroma range.
Step 5: Using both Roché and Ludwig pastels, I continued to paint with abandon, paying special attention to solidifying shapes, creating depth and looking for richness in the foreground for Tobey’s Path.
Painting: Tobey’s Path