|'Serenade by the Sea II' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Something exciting happens when you take those old favorites away. When you are given a challenge of working with a palette of pastels that is limited in colors....both in intensity and in value. I wondered what I would be able to paint with them. I had to work hard. I had to think things through. In the end I had a painting that I liked more than the same scene I had painted with access to all of my pastels.
Tip for working with a limited palette of pastels
Ask yourself questions such as :Do I need this area to be lighter? darker? more intense or more dull? Warmer? Cooler? If you need to adjust the value do it by layering lighter or darker values or use black and white. If you need something to be duller try to layer multiple colors or the complement all will create a more neutral color.
|The Aftermath! I used this set of 16 assorted pastels by Daler Rowney|
|The underpainting is an alcohol wash with a dark blue Nupastel|
|This is the version I painted with a larger palette of Terry Ludwig pastels|