painting of my secret fishing spot on Kauai was done using one of my
reference photos, and it took me roughly an hour to create once I had my
supplies set up.
Speaking of supplies, this is what I recommend:
Pastels - I suggest using the highest quality (meaning highest priced)
soft pastels that you can afford. I used Rembrandt pastels in this demo, but I also often use the lesser expensive Faber-Castell brand. Paper - I use
a hard-to-find Hahnemuhle velour paper because I love the soft/fuzzy
texture that allows multiple layers of pastel. The final painting will
be a little fuzzy, but I like this effect! Soft Pastel Pencils - I use
Gioconda pencils for fine details as well as a very soft (6B) charcoal
Next, I cut and tape my paper down to a masonite board using masking tape and overlap the edges of the paper by about 1/4". I then study my photo and start
picking out my main colors and place them on a plate or container for
easy access, and I am ready to start my next work of art!
I paint with my pastels very similar to how I paint with acrylics. Since they are opaque and take layering very well, I start by blocking in the main areas of the painting
with the desired color. I don't worry about details at all in this
stage. I just want to get the main design of the painting worked out.
Once this is done, I can start layering in more of the details.
As the painting comes closer to being complete, I get out the pencils and add the final details. Next, I add my
signature and then a few light coats of a fixative spray and I'm all
PAU (means finished in Hawaiian)! Hope you have enjoyed this demo.