Discover how to paint a still life vibrating with light and color in this video by Desmond O'Hagan! In this start-to-finish art demonstration, follow along with Desmond as he shares his tried-and-true techniques for pastel painting. You'll start by blocking in the basic forms with bold and direct strokes, beginning with dark colors and proceeding through mid tones and lights as you go. By working in a brushstroke-like manner, you'll avoid getting bogged down in detail, focusing instead on light, reflections, and strong combinations of dark and light colors. Along the way, you'll learn tips for working the whole painting at once, emphasizing direct light, and adding complexity and interest by layering color after color.
Some of the pastel techniques you'll learn include:
Preview Pastel Painting: Light and Color now to see a sneak peek of Desmond's methods, including how to get a great contrast of darks and light without using a white pastel, simplify a complicated still life, and balance color intensity!
About the Artist
Desmond O'Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was raised in the United States. He enjoys working in several media, but his primary focus is in oils and pastel. Desmond's career has encompassed several one-man shows and group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China, and France. A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, he has won several awards for his work, and his paintings are featured in numerous publications, including The Artist's Magazine. His studio is in Denver, Colorado.
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Love it. Great teacher. Easy to follow
This was very informative. Cool with warm makes a huge difference in the impact the colors makes. I love the broad painterly strokes. I am going to practice this lesson several times.
Taught me a lot about bold strokes in making an abstract. Quick and to the point.
Desomond, Thank you for such instructive tutorial. To other viewers out there Desmond teaches how important it is to paint with value in mind as he works from dark to light. He shows the importance of working on the background and how this gives dimension to the vase and flowers. Along with using warm and cool hues to give contrast to the painting. The artist explains what he is doing and why which I find very helpful. I would love to see more videos by this artist.
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