I like to use my Samsung Galaxy tablet to view the reference photo on as I paint because it has great colour and I can zoom in and out for detail if I need to. I just hang it up next to my paper. Then I choose the boxes of pastels I’ll be using and set them out. I’m using my Unison Lights for the snow, a box of greens I’ve made up myself for the trees and some Sennelier Darks for any area that needs a punch of deep, dark colour. The Unison Landscape set is for extras I might need. I chose a purple/violet MiTientes TEX sanded paper and taped it to a foamcore board.
Next I sketch in the main composition lines with a white charcoal pencil and block in the main shapes with my harder pastels then wash them down with a watercolour brush dipped in alcohol.
Add in other basic shapes.
Now I start working from background to middle to fore ground.
Finishing off with a snowfall.
I choose a few very light blues and a white. Holding the pastel above the painting which I’ve now laid flat I scrape lightly with the knife and a little shower of pastel dust falls onto the painting. I start with lighter blues and end with some bigger flakes of white for the closest snowflakes.
Now I take a piece of greaseproof paper and place on top of the painting. Pressing down gently I move my hand in a circular motion to press the pastel flakes into the paper.
Finished painting and reference.
I was concentrating on the snow and didn’t realise that I sloped the paddock the opposite direction until I looked at it later. Doesn’t really matter as this was just a demo for my YouTube channel.
Why not use the reference photo and have a go at a snowy winter scene. It’s lot’s of fun. Send me a link to your painting.
8 thoughts on “Painting snow in pastels.”
BEautiful painting and a great breakdown of your process …. I can only wish and dream!
That’s exactly how I feel about your way with words! Just as well we have different talents or we just wouldn’t appreciate the mystery of how one person can create beauty out of raw materials whilst we create mud!
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You are so right (about the need for us to have different talents not the fact that I have a way with words, you understand 😉). Long may you produce your wonderful pictures and one day I intend to have some hanging on my walls 😊
Your painting is beautiful. Love seeing and reading about your process. I don’t often do that and when I see it in a blog I am always inspired. Who knows, I might give your reference photo a try!
I’d love to see your painting!
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Nope, no can do painting 🙂 you make it look so easy though. Nice presentation of your work stages.
No can do words like you!
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I find it so hard to get details in pastel. But I’ve been doing some drawings in pit pastels and really enjoy it. It is difficult to mix with regular pastels though as the pit pastels scrape off the softer soft pastels. I’ve been doing pastel drawings on canvas pad recently and like the effect.