In the June issue of The Pastel Journal, three pastel painters—William A. Schneider, Ron Monsma and Colleen K. Howe—shed light on their creative processes by deconstructing a favorite painting. Here are a few of the tips they share:
Ron Monsma: “To achieve a wider color palette, I often place—in any given area—primary colors or secondary colors in close proximity: red, yellow and blue together, or green, orange and purple. I often add top layers of color using soft pastels, doing much of the blending by dragging one color into another until the right color and saturation is achieved.”
William Schneider: “I choose a different value for the center of interest than the dominant value of the painting. And for color, I select the complement of the dominant hue. Also, I want the main line of action to be a diagonal, if possible. And, I want to place the subject in an interesting position relative to the pictorial space.”
Below is a selection of work by the artists. For more painting and compositional tips, check out “Anatomy of a Painting” in the June issue.
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