"Colour is the pulse of the painting." Michele Cooper
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
I visited this beautiful Sanctuary in the month
of November, some years back.
The morning sun rays lit up the tall dry grass
blades and the scene came up live and vibrant with colours.
The warm colours of the sunlit grass was such a contrast to the
cool colours of the shadows in the surroundings.
The Morning Glow
Soft pastel painting on Canson MT paper
Size 6"X 8"
The soft pastel painting as above progressed in stages.
I am posting two images below.
Step 1. Keeping the composition in mind, I drew a faint outline
and then blocked in the major shapes using the underlying
dark colours keeping in mind the values.
( The sky and water were painted in similar colours )
Step 2. Started the second layer of colours, adding details and
strokes to suggest foliage, grass etc.Smudging only
if required, else I just leave original pastel strokes.
Step 3. In the final stage of the pastel painting, added highlights
and few other details.
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