I got here throughout the work of Tim Reilly whereas I used to be working as Editor for Pastel At present (I retired in February). His piece Legacy received an Honourable Point out within the PleinAirSalon October 2022 competitors. I cherished the simplicity of the piece and the best way he elevated this abnormal object – a home portray brush – to pedestal standing. Together with the best way he offers us the feeling of bristle hairs, worn metallic, a chipped wood deal with, I used to be mesmerised by the best way he created the sensation of the stone wall behind the comb. How had he carried out that utilizing smooth pastels??
My curiosity led me to ask the artist if he’d be prepared to share his secret with HowToPastel readers. And ohhhhh, yay, he stated sure!! I’m delighted to introduce you to Tim Reilly!
Earlier than I try this, take a look at his successful portray:
And now, a wee bit in regards to the artist.
Tim Reilly Bio
B.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Courses with Milton Glazer, James McMullan at The College of Visible Arts, New York, NY
Retired Artistic Director and Graphic Designer (ABC Tv, Tutorial Tv, Promoting Companies, Company Design Departments)
Okay, let’s get on with the present!! Right here’s Tim to share his information and artwork journey with you.
My curiosity in drawing began at a really early age. I used to be given a number of bins of crayons as a toddler and wasted no time colouring the animals and parade wagons of the circus-patterned wallpaper which lined the partitions of my room.
Upon commencement from Pratt Institute, I started my profession in promoting, company design, and freelance illustration in New York. Quickly after, I bought a e book on working with pastels written by Daniel Greene, PASTEL- A Comprehensive Guide to Pastel Painting. I used to be hooked! I’ve admired Mr. Greene’s work for a few years and realized a lot from his assortment of DVDs and printed books. Along with his unbelievable expertise, Daniel Greene was a really articulate, beneficiant, and efficient communicator whose contribution to the apply of the pastel medium is immeasurable.
I started studying and researching all I might to study extra about pastel portray strategies from books and articles printed on Albert Handell, Harvey Dinnerstein, Joe Singer, Edgar Degas, and illustrators Gary Kelley and Robert Heindel.
Different influences embrace: Andrew Hemmingway, Claudio Bravo, and Robert Vickrey. I’ve been fascinated by Vickrey’s method for creating stone textures in egg tempera which I’ve tailored for the pastel medium and use in my very own work at present.
I make use of a number of sorts of help for my pastel work. Normally, the selection will depend on the picture that I intend to create. Pastelmat paper, La Carte and Crescent chilly press 310 professional-grade illustration board are among the many choices obtainable and available in studio inventory. Though Pastelmat paper accepts moist media, I desire to make use of a heavy illustration board when rendering the stone texture seen in my work. I discover that the heavy board is suited nicely to just accept the a number of layers of pastel color spattered on the floor with alcohol, pastel pigment, and bristle brushes.
The method begins by stapling the perimeters of illustration board, round all sides, to a chunk of quarter-inch or eighth-inch plywood. I then scrub a really skinny wash of watercolour into the illustration board which raises the tooth of the highest layer of board and offers a greater floor upon which the layers of pastel are utilized. The added watercolour paint ensures that the entire dwell space to be lined is seen whereas making use of water to the floor. Scrubbing too vigorously will carry the highest layer of paper from the board, so care ought to be taken throughout this step to not apply an excessive amount of strain on the comb.
When the wash dries, blue tape marks the boundaries of the dwell space to be painted including an additional one-eighth or one-quarter inch to all 4 borders of the illustration board. This can compensate for any miscalculated overlap of the ultimate image mat and insures that no uncovered areas stay after framing. The board is now ready for the preliminary drawing.
I make common pilgrimages to the grocery retailer for produce and to the native Flea Marketplace for attention-grabbing objects to incorporate in his work. After a technique of trial and error is full, an association of chosen objects is ready up and photographed beneath quite a lot of lighting situations.
Floral inexperienced styrofoam is painted a impartial gray and serves as a platform for the weather to be included within the composition or as a background to symbolize the areas of stone or concrete within the nonetheless life set-up.
I take dozens of images so I’ve many from which to decide on. Usually these pictures are tweaked on the pc to reinforce saturation and light-weight and shadows or manipulated in Photoshop to reach at a satisfying composition. The ultimate reference picture is then uploaded to my iPad.
Subsequent, the preliminary drawing is completed on the board with a uncooked umber or burnt sienna pastel pencil. I work with Derwent, Carbothello, Faber-Castell and pencils from quite a lot of different producers. Some passages of the composition could also be underpainted with acrylic washes or left fully untouched to be lined solely with the alcohol pastel combination.
Sections of the piece not meant to point out texture are masked off with tracing paper, vellum, newsprint or liquid frisket. Liquitex presents a rubbery product referred to as liquid masking fluid which is used to cowl the extra detailed or intricate areas of the drawing which can be too tough to chop round or cowl with masking tape or paper.
My “workhorse” pastel manufacturers are from Rembrandt and Nupastel units. I subscribe to the process of working softer sticks over more durable ones, working darkish areas to gentle. Different pastel units and particular person sticks complement these which make colors obtainable that aren’t current within the two units I exploit most continuously. Diane Townsend sticks are nice for the sandpaper grinding course of due to their measurement and form. Additionally, Townsend offers colours in the darkest of values which may’t be discovered in lots of different manufacturers.
To arrange and “liquify” the pastel for the spattering methodology, I grind the suitable pastel color sticks on very coarse 60 grit sandpaper. Usually colors are combined to create heat and funky complementary greys which approximate the color of concrete or a specific color of stone. The pastel “mud” is then poured right into a small paper cup. Isopropyl alcohol is added to the pigment with a watch dropper and combined with a wood craft follow create a skinny wash. There appears to be sufficient gum arabic binder remaining within the combination to completely adhere the alcohol/ pastel wash to the board.
Utilizing outdated bristle oil portray brushes or very cheap “throw away” stiff bristle brushes discovered at any craft retailer, I then fastidiously apply the combination in layers on the board. I layer heat and funky greys of comparable values, one over one other, within the preliminary software. This creates a basis for the ultimate desired stone-like impact.
Darker and lighter values and color are then added to the bottom layers after a basis of gray undercolour has been accomplished.
Brushes of various sizes and the space a brush is held from the portray floor decide the scale of the spatter on the painted space. When bigger spattered spots are wanted I would use a big brush with longer bristles held additional away from the illustration board. If a finer spatter sample is desired, I exploit a brush with a a lot smaller bristle held nearer to the paintings.
Pulling again on one small part of the comb’s bristles ends in a finer spray of texture on the board. This course of is repeated time and again.
Often I’ll dip a sponge into the combo and faucet a texture onto the board. Typically “blissful accidents” happen and a drip or splash of color which isn’t in a typical “speckled” form will land on the board. This can create a little bit of selection on bigger areas, breaking apart the house and including visible curiosity to the feel. These splashes can simply be lined up with one other layer of spatter or left as is. As many as ten to fifteen very skinny layers of liquid pastel, alternating heat and funky, very gentle to very darkish functions of color, are utilized until the correct quantity of contrasting values is prepared for the subsequent step within the course of.
The ultimate stage of rendering a stone texture utilizing my pastel methodology is working into the spattered space. For me, that is essentially the most satisfying but in addition essentially the most tedious a part of the complete train. This stage of the method might take extra time than all the remaining relying on simply how detailed I would really like this texture to be.
The final step within the course of requires the power to take a look at the painted space and visualize/think about the non-existent dings, crevices, and natural imperfections within the stone floor. I emphasize what’s there or invent cracks in sure areas of the portray to make the rendered texture plausible and as actual as potential to the viewers. I discover it useful to aim to “unfocus” my eyes to the diploma that sure sections current themselves as locations to work into and improve.
It’s essential to concentrate on the path the sunshine is falling on the nonetheless life arrange so as to add corresponding darkish pitted areas or holes with highlighted edges and cracks according to the remainder of the opposite parts within the piece.
Distressing the floral styrofoam by pushing nail holes or dents or dropping the styrofoam on the ground provides dings and put on to realize the specified finish results of a stone-like texture. Doing this earlier than taking pictures the reference images creates curiosity in an in any other case flat discipline of spattered color.
I proceed to seek for artistic methods so as to add quite a lot of textures to the rendering course of.
Clearly, as with most creative actions, expertise, practise, and a little bit perseverance experimenting with any medium or method will finally yield the specified impact.
Soooooo, are you as impressed by Tim’s skill to create texture, particularly stone and concrete texture, as I’m?? And, are you going to provide it a strive? I’d like to know!
In case you have questions and responses for Tim, please do depart them as a remark.
Till subsequent time,
PS. Tim Reilly additionally received the December PleinAir Salon Award for Artist over 65 for “Wanda the Surprise Hen” (love that piece!) and I wrote in regards to the piece and extra on Pastel Today.