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A country road in Jamaica painted in pastel

 

Oh my gosh, I forgot to tell you I was off to La Manzanilla, Mexico for a couple of weeks for a week of tango intensive and also a week of semi-vacation (it’s kind of a working holiday). It takes a wee bit of time to settle in and get an internet connection hence the delay in finishing this post and sending it out to you.

Nevertheless, here I am with a step-by-step progression of a pastel painting I did for my gallery in Grand Cayman of a country road in Jamaica. I worked from a photo (an old one!) and here’s the result.

 

1. Here's the initial sketch in charcoal on La Carte paper. You can see the photo I am working from attached to the board
1. Here’s the initial sketch in charcoal on La Carte paper. You can see the photo I’m working from attached to the board. The tree is magnificent!

 

2. The first layer of values. I decided to use really warm colours as the paper was cool as was the scene.
2. The first layer of values. I decided to use really warm colours as both the paper and the overcast scene were cool.

 

3. Another layer added. I am still just blocking in the shapes.
3. Another layer and more colour added. I am still just blocking in the shapes.

 

4. Here I am defining the tree branches a bit more and also solidifying the buildings
4. Here I am defining the tree branches a bit more and also solidifying the buildings.

 

5. Further defined the tree, added the walking figure, and also the buildings in the background.
5. Here I further defined the tree (by carving it out using the sky), added the walking figure, and also the buildings in the background.

 

6. Gail Sibley, "Over One Hundred," pastel on La Carte, 9 x 12 in. The tweaks at the end included making a clearer line between the sky and trees in the background, and adding a couple of directional lines on the road.
6. Gail Sibley, “Over One Hundred Years- a tree in Jamaica,” pastel on La Carte, 9 x 12 in. The tweaks at the end of this pastel painting included making a clearer line between the sky and trees in the background, and adding a couple of directional lines on the road.

 

7. Here is the Schminke pastel set from which I chose my pastels for this piece
7. Here is the Schminke pastel set from which I chose my pastels for this piece.

 

8. And here are the pastels I actually used, 13 in all.
8. And here are the pastels I actually used, 13 in all.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or any comments about the process above. I look forward to hearing from you!!

 

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Okay, I’m off to bed. All these days of tango classes are exhausting!

Thanks for being here with me,

~ Gail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “A country road in Jamaica painted in pastel”

  1. What a great demo post Gail, I think the tango lessons have given this painting a very vibrant, lyrical quality to the tree! Keep dancing, you really captured the Caribbean, thanks. I learn a lot from these static shots, I can go back and look at the changes that you’ve added.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and compliment Laura.
      I love your linking of tango to my work! Long may it continue 🙂
      I’m glad you found the static photos useful. I am now pastelling everyday (or hope to) until our return to Canada and will post more progressions on my blog. It’s good to change things up between static and video.

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