Monday, October 25, 2010
nocturne-pastel, plein air night tips
With my mini reading light in hand and the evening weather delightful, I decided to work plein air. Not being able to see made my decisions quick and small. I think this pastel took 15 minutes. It's about 9x9 inches.
* Keep your pastels in order so when you can't see you know where they are (no wolves in sheep's clothing!)
* The darks are very dark, but more interesting if they have color, not black.
*When choosing darks you choose from a family. A nocturne is often blue...or violet. They are typically cool, but I have seen warm ones that are beautiful. (Rules are meant to be broken)
*The differences you make in the land are more about temperature shifts not value. This will be more evident in the oil I have been working on, using this as a study.
I am using rag paper and no watercolor... it's faster and more immediate. I have found that if I rub the pastel in deep I can layer a lot. It also allows me to be bolder with my mark...calm sections and sections with exciting calligraphy.