Painting Landscapes in Pastels is an innovative outlet. Most of the artist prefers Pastel to oil and acrylics as they are easily portable and not messy one although concerning on powdered pigments. The rules for painting a landscape painting vary from oil painting, watercolor and other liquid mediums; however once you learn the basics of pastel its very easy to hook. Choosing Pastel Paper Color: Choosing a paper color is the first step in painting a pastel landscape. Study some reference photo and consider the requirements for the painting like does it have a warm or a cool mood. Based on the picture the selection of color is done. For example if the picture is sunny one then warm color is selected like gold. For a snowy or a misty scene cooler color such as blue is selected. Pastel papers such as Cansons Mi-Teintes pads present a bumpy side on one side with a smoother side on the reverse side. Its a matter of personal preference which side is best. Personally, I prefer the smoother side so I dont have to deal with the more textured surface. On the other hand, sometimes the bumpy side may work best when painting portraits so the paper color can shine through. Blending Pastel Colors Disparate oils, acrylics or watercolors, pastels colors are assorted on the painting surface rather than on a palette. Colors are combined by rubbing pigment with your finger, just be sure its dirt free and doesnt have any acid. Dont over blend since doing so can cause colors to be less lively and make the painting surface show a glossy and artificial look. Conversely, if you do over blend sometime the uneven side might work most excellent when painting portraits so the paper color can shine. Pastel under painting stage: The primary step in pastel painting is laying down a color for an under painting foundation. This can be complete by rubbing pigment with your finger, by means of the side of a soft pastel, and then to some extent spreading out the color as of center of the paper outward. Next using a paper stump, further refine the amalgamation. The side of the base can be used for softening and blending superior areas. Some pastel landscape artist remains rubbing and blending to a smallest amount for a rough look. They frequently use devise marks and then lightly soften the lines, giving an uneven effect, although the painting still keeps its fresh with glossy colors. A Color foundation can also be prepared by laying down a light watercolor wash on watercolor paper. After the paper is systematically dry, maintain to relate a background pastel color. This is the general method used by most of the painters. Unlike translucent watercolor painting, opaque pastel colors are made working from dark to light. First decide which under painting should be selected. To decide the specific parts and details it helps to narrow your eyes so you can see color and value in their simplest format. Dont be concerned about the creating light, volume or depth in the initial under painting stage. Paint shapes instead of details: Look for basic forms such as mountains and tree shapes rather than details. Most of the painters do pastel portraits using a girding system and some do free hand painting for landscapes. Start up with largest shapes, blocking them into your painting. And then start blocking smaller parts of your canvas. At this stage block in general colors for small objects as they can always be changed and refined later whenever needed. This can be done by means of both soft and hard pastels. Using Fixative Spray on pastel painting: Use fixative spray when applying layer upon layer of coloring. This is done to avoid smudging and over blending. Make sure that you have adequate air circulation by opening up a window or a door and then for the time being leave the room to escape fumes. Fixative knows how to dull and darken the color, but when applied lightly it works very well. The two forms of fixatives are workable fixative and final fixative. Make use of workable fixative when doing a work in progress and final fixative to guard your finished painting. Fixative spray comes in either matte or glassy finishes. Refining Details on Pastel Landscapes: Details are usually done using hard pastels such as pastel pencils. Besides using pastel pencils most of the painters refine their details using prismacolor colored pencils. With this approach, just be sure to first apply a light spray of fixative over the pastel work and then work in colored pencil as colored pencil very well goes on pastel. Finally, explore many different pastel techniques and use various landscape photos for your paintings. 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