Saturday, October 28, 2017

Step by step - A soft pastel painting of a landscape by Manju Panchal


"Colour is the pulse of the painting." Michele Cooper

The pastel painting as below is of a morning scene from 
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.

A soft pastel painting of a scene from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan by Manju Panchal

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 A soft pastel painting of a scene from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

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 A soft pastel painting of a scene from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

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.

To browse through my other artworks visit my BLOG
or INSTAGRAM page.

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