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Friday, December 23, 2011

Winter in the City ...Painting Snowflakes in Pastel

'Winter in the City' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis
One of the things I like about pastel is how easy it is to experiment with them. In this painting I wanted the effect of falling snow so I decided to shave some white pastel into a cup, wet it with water to make a paste. Then I used an old toothbrush to flick the wet pastel onto the finished painting. The pastel dried and the pieces stuck to the painting....instant snow! I will do a demo of this fun little technique next week. I want to thank all of the people who have sent me some winter reference photos. I can't wait to paint from them next week.

Did you notice my photos are larger? I did some research and found a way to make my paintings display larger on blogger. How do you like it?


Marian Fortunati said...

You know I always like to see your work.

Let it SNOW!!!

Paula Campbell said...

Karen, I LOVE the snow effect! AND the larger photo.

Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

Thank you Marian! I truly appreciate your visits and comments. I have plans to make my blog more informative in 2012 so keep coming back!

Karen said...

Thanks Paula! I am so excited for the larger photos. I plan to write up a tutorial on getting them to show larger. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Cindy Michaud said...

Fun! love finding out new things to do with pastel! I tried them with a palatte knife once, really fun. Beautiful piece.

Karen said...

I'd love to hear how you used a palette knife with pastels! I'm intrigued!!!

Vanessa said...

Beautiful painting! I feel liek I'm right in the picture when viewing it.