There’s a reason landscape painters love working in pastel-several reasons, in fact, including, but not limited to, the easy way they blend and move, their vibrant colors, their portability for plein air work, the quickness of painting and cleanup, and more. But they can be daunting if you’ve never used them before. But don’t worry, there is no shortage of pastel painting techniques you can learn to make the most of this incredibly versatile medium, and they aren’t difficult at all. And what better medium for capturing the beauty of nature? Pastels can capture the glimmering blue of water, the gorgeous greens of grass and trees, or the myriad colors of earth and sky.
Get Started in Pastel with Deb Secor: Paint the Landscape
Luckily, in this week’s Jen’s Picks, we focus on pastels for beginning landscape artists. In Get Started in Pastel with Deb Secor: Paint the Landscape, you’ll learn how to use all of the sides of a chalk pastel to create different strokes and lines, as well as how to blend using some basic blending tools. You’ll learn why you shouldn’t just use your fingers to blend and how to create an underpainting and build up layers of different colors in the same value scale to create beautiful grays for clouds (who knew there were so many colors in clouds?). Step by step, you’ll learn tips for great compositions to putting the final touches on your landscape painting. With pastels, there are infinite possibilities and color combinations, whether working from life or from a photograph, as Deborah does in this video.
You can catch a preview of Get Started in Pastel with Deb Secor: Paint the Landscape online at ArtistsNetwork.TV. Then, stream it instantly, or pick up a copy of the DVD or download from Northlightshop.com.
More on Pastels
- Painting Beautiful Skies and Water in Pastel book
- Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastel: Mixing Greens with Liz Haywood-Sullivan video stream