Abstract Painting Techniques - Flowers in Pastel with Debora Stewart

Artist: Debora Stewart
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-DST3d
Runtime: 66 Minutes

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Loosen up and explore abstract art with Debora Stewart! This video workshop will teach you how to paint abstract flowers start-to-finish. To begin you will explore blind contour line drawings and compose some thumbnail sketches. Then discover exciting color schemes to incorporate into your painting. Along the way you will integrate acrylic paint for a strong foundation and expressive underpainting. Develop your painting and learn different techniques in pastel. Finish off and add final details for an exciting abstract painting!


In Abstract Painting Techniques: Flowers in Pastel you will find:
  • Step-by-step instruction to achieve a complete understanding of how to paint abstract flowers
  • Lessons on color schemes
  • Pastel and drawing techniques for linework, layering, developing values, color, and more


About Debora Stewart
Debora L. Stewart is an abstract artist working in both pastel and acrylic. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her pastels have won awards from Pastel Journal Magazine, International Artist Magazine and the Pastel Society of America. Stewart is represented by galleries in Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and California. Her work is in private collections and public including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Through the years she has developed a unique way of working with pastel and acrylic by combining under painting, value drawing and textured grounds. Debora is a regular instructor with Artists Network University where she teaches an online course in creating abstract pastels. She also teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.


  1. Introduction
  2. Explore the Subject: Draw from Life & Photos
  3. Explore Color Schemes
  4. Acrylic Underpainting: random underpainting to loosen up and give foundation to later layers of pastel
  5. Draw the Subject:
  6. Prep the Surface
  7. Develop with Pastel
  8. Final Touches


Rives BFK paper in white 280 gsm(or other paper that accepts water)

Acrylics (Debora uses GOLDEN brand)
Hansa Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium Hue
Viridian Green Hue
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre

Several flat synthetic brushes (for underpainting and dissolving pigment)
2-inch, long house painting brush or foam brush (for acrylic ground application)

Pastels (Debora uses Unison brand)
Variety of hard and soft pastels
Variety of warm and cool colors, and neutrals
Variety of values (dark, medium and light for each color)
Full Demo: violets and yellows with a range of neutrals

Water containers
Paper towels
Charcoal (vine and compressed)
Newsprint (or other scrap paper)
Acrylic Ground for Pastels (Debora uses GOLDEN brand)
Styrofoam plates, small plastic palette knife (for pastel acrylic ground)
Color wheel (optional)
Hairdryer (optional)
Rubbing alcohol (and container for application)

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