Capturing the blustery winter mood in pastel is as delicate and delightful as snowflakes themselves! Follow along with pastelist Liz Haywood-Sullivan in her instructional video, Landscape Painting in Pastel: Winter Mood, as she completes a winter landscape painting with light layers of pastel on a black paper surface.
“Do you have a favorite season? Mine is winter. Don’t you love the colors of shadow in the snow? However, winter has another side equally as evocative… Snow and storms and blizzards… and that’s what I’m going to be focusing on.” ~Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Set the Composition with a Line Drawing
After reviewing her list of pastel materials and showing you how surface color affects every color you choose to put on top of it, Liz reviews the composition for this winter landscape painting. Then she “draws” the guidelines of the composition onto her black Canson Mi Teintes pastel paper.
Establishing Initial Values
Watch as Liz builds values from the background to the foreground with delicate shifts in value. Start in the sky and mountain area with gray hard pastels, and gradually build up the values to lighter, and whiter whites. Work with negative painting to fill in the spaces between trees.
Develop the Values
Watch as every additional, and delicate layer of pastel adds depth and dimension to the composition.
Add the Final Touches
To finish off the painting, Liz adds grasses, snowy buildup in the fields, and blowing snowflakes that give the feeling of walking right into this winter wonderland.