Media Step By Step Demonstrations
'Evening Reflections, Piazza San Marco, Venice'
is of the Piazza San Marco on a wet evening in October. The inspiration
came from the dazzling reflections on the wet piazza
Painted on black
‘Glass paper’ “Hermes” mounted on board. All pastels were “Unison”.
A Brown Earth
pastel was applied thinly and blended to provide a warm ground to
in was then started using Yellow2 Yellow15 and Brown Earth 8.
More of the
painting surface was covered, overlaying several more Yellow and
Brown Earth tones. A little blending with my finger was undertaken
in the reflections, in an attempt to under paint the wet piazza
in preparation for more resolved reflections to follow later.
At this stage
I decided to begin ‘tightening’ the drawing slightly, once again
using all the previously mentioned colours, but also adding Blue
Green 15, 5 and Brown Earth 22, 23 to add variety to the painting.
The reflections were developed, overlaying vertical ‘zig zag’ marks.
I added Brown Earth 19 for the highlights on the Basillica, and
Red Earth 5 for the darks in doorways and recesses.
In this final
stage, no further colours were added, but the figure and further
details were introduced. Extreme care was taken not to add too much
detail, or to get over tight, as I wanted to keep this painting
as ‘loose’ as possible.
Reflections, Piazza San Marco, Venice
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