Painting a Hay bale
Recently. I painted a hay bale as a class demo so decided to use in the blog. I used a reclaimed piece of Uart paper (reclaimed: the former painting did not come out like I wanted so I brushed off the loose pastel and then gently washed off the remaining pastel using the water sparingly. When it was dry, I then put a coral red pastel and covered it lightly on the surface then brushed with alcohol.
Next I drew the hay bale and horizon in loosely on the Uart surface. I started with the dark brush areas working down into the brush/trees behind the hay bale getting in the dark’s first.
Next I put in the dark’s on the bale including the shadows on the ground. I used the mid-value colors next in the brush/tree area and then on to the hay. The sun was coming from the back right, so I darkened the side of the bale in the shadow area adding the layers of hay as they are rolled.
Nice to put a little dark behind the top of the bale so you can add small sprigs of hay sticking out from the bale. Only add a FEW! This is the icing so should be added last.