|'Spring Valley Color' 8x10 pastel on gatorboard ©Karen Margulis|
If it helps to have a limited palette with pastels than it makes sense that it would work for oils as well. I have completed 8 small oil studies this week using a limited palette and it is making the transition to oils so much easier. I am using Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow Medium, White and Black. The last time I tried oils I had too many colors on my palette and I made mud. Too many choices! I am doing some reading on oil painting this week and I find that many instructors recommend using a limited palette, among them is Kevin Macpherson.
|Variations on my mini plein air study|
|'Valley Color' 5x7 oil on panel available for $100 email|
"A limited Palette is more liberating than limiting. With a limited palette of three colors plus white, you can create all of the color and value relationships you need for a painting and you will truly understand the process"I would rather be liberated than limited so I am embracing the idea of a limited palette in both pastels and oils. I was actually amazed that I could come close to my pastel colors in my oil study (above) It is by no means perfect, after all I am learning, but I wasn't totally frustrated with the color mixing process either.
Some advice for the pastel artists reading this. We can limit our palettes in a similar way. Start by choosing three or four colors in dark values. Now find a middle and a light value of each color. Choose warm & cool depending on your subject. You should have a palette of 12-20 pastels. This is plenty to get a nice, harmonious painting. Give it a try! (I'll plan on doing a step by step demo in a future post)
Today's paintings are based on the mini plein air study I did at the Plein Air Convention.. I interpreted my small study both in oils and pastel.