Colored Pencil | Underpainting with a Solvent

In Gary Greene's feature article on using colored pencils (The Artist's Magazine, November 2008), he demonstrates several techniques to get the effects you're looking for. This is a bonus excerpt from the article, "Uptight is All Right."

Plein Air Tips, Part 1

Working en plein air (on location) provides its challenges: light languishes, terrains treacherous, bugs bothersome, and passersby pestering. Even with all these negatives, the benefits of painting one-on-one with nature are unequaled. Once experienced, it is easy to become addicted. Using pastel en plein air has its advantages. The instant gratification of choosing a...

Pastel as an Underpainting

The tone of the surface you choose to work on has a profound effect on the appearance of the applied pastel (see my January 19 blog post for more about that). Since most of our subjects are made up of diverse value and color relationships, choosing just one tone on which to work can...

Planting Your Feet in the Same Place

With the arrival of spring, many landscape painters’ fancy returns to working en plein air. After spending the bulk of the winter hunkered down in the studio, we find ourselves eager to get back outside to become immersed in the natural light that fills the landscape. While oil has long been considered the king...

Out, Out, Damn Spot!

I received a message via email from a beginning artist out of Pueblo, Colorado, looking for advice on stain removal: “I became enthralled with pastels last April. Being a beginner, I had no idea that once pastel hit clothing (or practically anything else) it was pretty much there for good. So, several weeks after...