CATTLEYA ORCHID PASTEL PAINTING 8-19-13, #995The view is right above the support, it's easier to bring the view straight down than across like today's easels are designed to do. The left and right of the top edge of the support are the left and right of the view.
I get to mark the bottom of my view and the sides.
I'm drawing on a masonite board painted with a gesso and a medium grain calcium carbonate limestone.
I made this panel before Golden made a pre-made solution. I had to use it.
I photographed this image below before the pastel dust was blown off. They look like black specks but it's just the shadows of the chalk. My friend Tweety Jane shot day five before the end of the day. That's the image below the spotted image. The are still major changes to be made, one more day should do it.
I got the painting finished but didn't final it correctly. I used a new product consisting of casine.
That makes 3 paintings unfinished, the Gold Cup pictura translucida to which I'm going to make a new power drill burnished background using the sillouettes cut out of milk carton cardboard to keep the goblet free of scratches. Last is 15x22 the acrylic Polli's Restaurant, #978 with last years red roof added. I'm fixing my site now, it took 18 years to make it, things changed, like parenthesis (-) to brackets [-] and a lot worse. I decided the brackets [-] are for scientific things.
This is a good time to bring up my own homemade pastel stub. I finally got back to fixing the edges that got blurred because of wetting the whole painting down, too much liquid. The step pictured below is before I blew off the dust, it showed up as dark shadow spots. This stub is a Q-tip wrapped and taped in thin Saran wrap. I use it to press in the pastal chalk that didn't stick the first time. Like all those "spots" below. The paper stubs just pick up too much used pastel. They have to be sharpened to get rid of old color. The Q-tip just has to be cleaned on the wet rag or wiped on your other hand, it blends well too..
Here is the list of materials I need for a pastel painting:
Work on it again, spray again, dry again. Spraying paper pastels is old style, it buckles with water.