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Waves On Rocks



Waves On Rocks

8" x 10"
Yarka soft pastels on white Wallis Professional sanded pastel paper.

I began this yesterday, inspired by Deborah Secor's Deborah Secor Paints the Landscape DVD. It's a beginner level DVD that goes into great detail on many things I was already familiar with -- and zinged me with some things I should have known years ago that I was ignoring while I did street art. I learned a lot from this just by watching the preview last year on YouTube, so I finally got the DVD.

So once I watched it two or three times I went ahead and picked a reference completely unlike the one Deborah used in the DVD. I did not just "do the demo project" at all but planned it using her method and seriously altered the reference that I got from http://www.WetCanvas.com Reference Image Library, posted by scall0way.

This is my second successful surf scene. I'm excited about it. I'm starting to really get a handle on waves and surf, another dozen of these and I can start making up surf when I'm creating a scene from imagination.

I used a lot of layering on this painting. Wallis paper can stand up to 25 or more layers, even when some of them are heavy applications, without losing tooth. I managed not to lose tooth on this at all. I did more erasing and lifting than usual on it too, blithely swiping out whole sections with a foam brush and then adding different colors.

I bought the Yarka wood box 180 stick set back in 2004, thrilled because just one full range wood box set was under $100. I didn't find out till it arrived that it had no bright purples, reds or oranges -- or even yellows, the strongest yellow is still a tint. It was listed as artist grade for quality -- hand rolled pastels made with original mineral pigments, Cadmiums and Cobalts and such. So I handled it carefully as I do the Rembrandts.

Texture is about comparable to Rembrandts and I still think the box would be a good bargain for a prospective street sketcher, as long as you pull out some of the 50 often-used duplicate colors and replace about a dozen of them with Rembrandts in the missing hues. Dark greens, bright spectrum yellow, red, orange, red-violet and violet are all missing but the range of light tints is gorgeous.

I found out how useful a lot of light tints are after I took the Colourful Still Life course so this box in addition to a decent size Rembrandt set like the 60 colors John Houle gave me in 2005 is enough to have a full range of medium texture artist grade pastels. The sticks are similar enough in size and shape to fit in the box too.

I've also taken to unwrapping them and breaking them. It was easier to get used to doing that with the Yarkas because their labels just don't have much information. They're just clear cellophane wrapped around the middle with the color number under it. It's a little hard to get the sticks out of the box sometimes, but I think as I use these up more it'll be easier to just grab a piece the color I want. Unfortunately I mislaid the foam strips that go over the trays in my move from Minnesota, so until I find those this is now an indoor set.
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