A lot of people asking me how the landscapes come into being and how I draw them, so last night I took some pictures as I drew.
So, first I set things up (the glass has water in it - in case anyone wondered!) and then select the pastels I think I might use to start me off and lay them out:
Firstly I apply the base coat (a bit like make-up, a bit of a primer) as the paper I use is Pastelmat and it makes it easier to mix the colours if I have something to meld with. I blend this in and then start to apply strokes of colour with the main shapes and hues of the landscape (yes I know it looks rough, it's how I start things off!):
I blend everything in with my fingers and here we have the under-drawing:
Then I start to work really quickly as the colours of the sky and sea change swiftly as the sun sets - many layers of colour ensue, much like the first daubs, just layering and blending until it's finished. One of the layers can be seen to the left below and then the finished work is on the right (notice how many more pastels I have as I end up using lots of shades that I didn't see to start with. The scrutinisation of what's in front of me is a key part of the make-up of the picture).
And here's the final image (v grateful for a late-night boat to be sailing past at around 10.35pm last night!):
And there we have it - the picture will be available on the website shop (http://www.lynneforrester.com/shop) towards the end of the week. If however, you have a burning desire to get your mitts on it before then, just give me a shout and you're welcome to buy it direct (cheeky I know but I have mention it!).
Have lovely rest of the weeks everyone :)