I was delighted to be invited by Ed and Gary to demo at the Schmincke booth at the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Conference again this year. What to paint? I had a few possible reference photos collected but just before I left home, my mum, excited about some Iceland Poppies that a neighbour had brought over, sent me a couple of photos of them as a possible subject. Beautiful!! I decided to choose one of them.
After I painted my first demo, I had planned on choosing a totally different subject for my second piece, but on reviewing the photos my mum had sent, I decided to work from a photo of the Iceland Poppies that looked completely different from the first one. I liked the idea of the same subject with an alternative look!
I’ll take you through the progress of both demos. Neither of them
In the first demo painting, I used the full spectrum of the value scale from light to dark. In the second one, I moved my value scale up into the lighter section. (This blog relates to the previous one I wrote about moving up or down the value scale.)
The pastels used are of course Schmincke. I set myself the challenge of choosing only pastels from their 20-piece wooden box set. I have to admit that a couple of times I was tempted to reach for other colours (outside the set) but thought, No Gail, stick with what you have and make it work!
So let’s have a look. First off, have a look at the box of Schmincke pastels that I selected colours from for both demos.
Here’s the progression of my first demo – from the reference image and thumbnail to the outcome:
Now let’s have a look at the second demo.
And that’s it! What did you think of the difference between the two? I loved painting the Iceland Poppies and would love to paint them from life one day. Are they a subject you’ve tackled? I would LOVE to hear from you!!
Until next time,
PS. Here are a few photos of me with various people at IAPS. I loved seeing old friends and getting to meet new ones!! I especially loved putting a name I knew with a full 3-D person!