Monday, 20 March 2017

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso

Blessed with enchanting beauty, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh is built on and around five hills. Eight kilometres from here, is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary which is covered with thick forests of pine and deodhar trees. The undergrowth in the forest is well developed and the view all around is mesmerising. The forest has well laid out trekking trails for those who are the adventurous kind. I was more interested in walking around and soaking in the beauty of the surroundings.

The soft pastel painting of one of the scenes that captured my heart is as below. I have also added images of the step by step technique that I followed before I reached the final stage.  

Soft pastel painting of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary by Manju Panchal

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Soft pastel painting on Canson MT paper
Size 6" X 8"

Step 1 Soft pastel painting of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary by Manju Panchal

Step 1. Basic outline and adding a few colours

Step 2  Soft pastel painting of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary by Manju Panchal

Step 2. Simplifying the shapes keeping in mind the perspective

Step 3 Soft pastel painting of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary by Manju Panchal

Step 3. Almost all the colours are laid down and only
detailing left for the final stage.

To know more about the papers that I use for my pastel artworks you can CLICK HERE.  I have not created a post on the pastel brands that I use, but plan to do so very soon. I have a miscellaneous collection that I purchased over the past five years. By now I know the individual shades of each brand that I use the most and hence I have created a palette where in I organise all my pastels together ie a mix of different brands. The turquoise blue that I use in ocean is not available in the Koh-I-Noor Toison Dor and similarly the violet shade which is predominant in most of my works is a part of Mungyo collection. In conclusion, every brand has its own value and I enjoy using them together as it works well with my artworks.

Thanks a lot for browsing through my artworks.

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