Recipe For A Successful Pastel Painting

1. Choose a photo or sketch that has detail that is easy to see.

2. Check to see that the basic composition works well.

3. For a cool-temperature painting, choose a warm color of sandpaper.  An example would be a snow scene on orange pager.

4. Start with a BASIC sketch on your sandpaper with a soft charcoal pencil.

5. Block in the dark areas with charcoal of a medium gray value.

6. Determine your light source and light pattern; they should connect all of the  basic shapes of the painting.

7. Start with the DARK/Rich colors; save the light colors for LAST!

8. Do not think about the detail until you have completed the big abstract shapes on the sandpaper.

9. Next, fill in the middle tones before applying the highlights.  And then magically, your flat painting will start to look three-dimensional.

10. Look at your painting and your reference source upside down.  Then hold a matte over your painting, and crop it side to side, eliminating unimportant information, so that the focal point of the painting SHINES!