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I usually try to work in at least one landscape demo in my pastel workshop. Here's the one I did this week. I do so few landscapes that I don't really have a consistent method. I usually underpaint landscapes with watercolor on a white sanded paper, or pastel washed in with denatured alcohol. For this one I stayed consistent with the rest of the workshop which was showing the students my warm-toned pastel primer underpainting.
See the progress:
fluid acrylic color mixed into Golden (brand) Fine Pumice Gel. The gel is clear, so the color mixture is semi-transparent, and gets darker on each application.
(The initial layer of gold I usually spread across large pieces of Gatorboard, then cut to the size needed.)
Art Spectrum (brand) Pastel Primer
in the terra cotta color. I lay it into the darkest areas, then scrub
and dry-brush it into the medium values of the gold to continue the
value scale and add more depth to the monochromatic underpainting.
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