How to Use a Large Abstract Shape to Begin The Design
Working on Wallis Sanded Paper
Blocking in a loose abstract shapes which contrast light and dark.
I am using an abstract block letter Y on this one.
The block in is using nupastels in a dark green, a dark blue and a violet red.
Now I lightly worked alcohol into the pastel underpainting to set it in.
I also let it drip and run together to create some beginning textures.
At this step, I just wanted to create some more texture with some marks.
I used a palette knife to do this.
At this stage I added color. Loose board strokes to suggest more than describe.
In a small study, I probably would have stopped with this. I think it describes a mood and
gives enough information to describe the scene.
At this point, it is time to stop and look.
I like to place a mat around the painting and walk off.
I will come back and look with a fresh eye to evaluate my design.