Landscape Painting Demo: “The aspens were in full fall color display at a higher elevation in the Eastern Sierra,” says Kim Lordier. “I dropped down onto the valley floor and came across this beautiful stand of cottonwoods just starting to turn. The dramatic passing clouds and strong shadows were hard to pass up.”

Landscape Painting Demo: Establishing a Strong Underpainting

Demo by Kim Lordier (
Written by Robert K. Carsten

Step 1
Lordier uses a hard NuPastel to lay in the preliminary sketch, then sets a light layer of pastel into the shapes, using a general value and neutral color for each one.

landscape painting demonstration


Step 2
Using a large hog bristle brush dipped into a small amount of Turpenoid, she goes over one shape at a time, melting the pastel but trying not to mix the colors at this point.

The gestures of her strokes mimic the gestures of the objects she is painting. The Turpenoid takes approximately five minutes to dry, and then she is able to apply color on top.

landscape painting demonstration


Final Painting:

Kim Lordier, "Cottonwood Drama in Round Valley," 2018, pastel, 16 x 16 in., Collection the artist, Plein air
Kim Lordier, “Cottonwood Drama in Round Valley,” 2018, pastel, 16 x 16 in., Collection the artist, Plein air

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