At the FAA May meeting, Christine Bodnar
was our demonstrator, and she showed us step-by-step her process to make a loose, expressionist, pastel landscape painting.
She started with a drawing in three colors. For a landscape she said she often focuses on magentas and purples for her underpainting colors.
|The drawing complete and Christine Bodnar lays in her underpainting tones. |
Christine uses PastelMat which has been dry mounted. After her drawing is complete, she uses water and a big brush from the hardware store. She wets the pastel, and the pastel becomes a loose watercolor underpainting of the wet pastel pigment.
|Christine Bodnar's completed underpainting|
Christine worked quickly and efficiently. The members were interested in watching the piece develop, asking pertinent questions about the work and the pastel medium.
|Members watch in rapt attention|
Christine's demonstration at the end of her demo wasn't complete because she had left some of her required colors at home. Even without those select color notes, this painting is a wonderful example of the medium and her preferred technique.
|Christine Bodnar's demonstration painting at meeting's end|
|Christine's smaller pastel study|
|Some of Christine Bodnar's supplies, imagery, and her pastel study|
|Discussing her work with her pastel demonstration on easel|
|Christine Bodnar's demo piece|
|Christine Bodnar's small pastel sketch |
Christine mentioned she was going to rework her piece. When she does, I'll be sure to post it here as a follow up.
Thanks for reading!
Kim Morin Weineck
Great recap, Kim!
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