Wondering how you can create bolder, fresher pastel paintings? One of the first things pastelist and workshop instructor Jeanne Rosier Smith challenges you to do is to ask yourself if any—or all—of these five lies is contributing to your overworked paintings:
1. “I don’t need to plan my whole painting; I’ll just figure it out as I go along.”
2. “If ‘it’—composition, values, perspective, etc.—isn’t quite right, I’ll just go in and fix it until it looks better.”
3. “I’m not sure about the values, but I can fudge them by dazzling with color.”
4. “Painting loose means painting fast and messy.”
5. “The harder, longer and more precisely I work, the better this painting will look.”
In the August 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, Smith shares her three key tactics, plus 10 “Loosen Up” essentials—and a step-by-step demo—for creating fresh, fluid pastel paintings.
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