Monday, July 7, 2008

The Seattle Daniel Smith Store's FREE Weekend Demo last Saturday with Artist Jerry Baldwin

Last Saturday, July 5th, one of the FREE weekend demos at the Daniel Smith Store in Seattle was with Landscape Artist Jerry Baldwin . Jerry was demonstrating some of his tips for painting Landscapes with Pastels .

First, Jerry likes to pre-paint in watercolor on Wallis Sanded Paper , the basic shapes, and colors he sees in the landscape he will be doing in pastel. It has excellent "tooth" for the pastel and heavy enough not to buckle when the watercolor paint is applied. The colors are not necessarily the colors that will be used for the shapes in pastel, for instance the color of the sky in watercolor for the demo was yellow.

Working from a photo, Jerry applied his pastels, working over the sanded surface from his trays of pastels. The trays are actually black Styrofoam trays that Jerry got from his butcher. They work especially well because they are light weight, soft surfaced (don't chip at the pastels) and since these are black rather than the usual white, really "pop" the colors and don't look dingy like the white trays do. A tip while working, have an empty tray to keep the pastels that are being used for the current work, so that it's easy to find that color again when you want it.

Another tip from Jerry for cleaning your pastels; place them in a container of cornmeal and gently shake the container. This will "sand" the outer surface of the pastels removing the "gunk". Then sieve them out with your fingers.

When Jerry was working over his board and ran into an area that was challenging him, he told the audience: "If you make a mistake you learn something, if you don't make a mistake you learn something else, so either way you learn something!" The audience appreciated that comment since everyone can relate to making mistakes while making art! It's especially comforting to know that it happens to professionals too.

It was interesting to see the landscape appearing under Jerry's pastel work, and to see it finished by the end of the demo. Thank you Jerry!

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