|'Forest Reverie' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
But sometimes I will decide that the local colors will be my best choice. Today I decided to use the local colors that I want to use in the painting for the underpainting colors. It was a very rich green forest scene.....very very green. In fact that is what excited me the most.....the wonderful array of greens in the forest. I usually seek relief from too much green but not this time.
To achieve this overwhelming feeling of green I needed to use green in the underpainting.
|Derwent Inktense Sticks|
|Blocking in my forest with the Inktense sticks|
|The resulting underpainting after brushing in with water|
The colors in the underpainting were perfect for the very green forest. To build up the painting I simply elected soft pastels that matched the underpainting. I had a roadmap of color and value.
|Midway through the painting|
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