|'The Sweet Smell of Summer I' 6x8 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis SOLD|
|'The Sweet Smell of Summer II' 6x8 pastel Available HERE $125|
- It isn't as difficult as I thought it would be to mix colors. The limited palette I am using is helping to keep it manageable. I can do the same with pastels. I may not be able to mix all my colors but I don't need hundreds of pastels for a painting either.
- It is easier to carry oil painting gear for a plein air excursion than my pastel set-up. It all fits great in a messenger bag. For pastels, I am encouraged to downsize to make plein air more manageable.
- Oils are not as messy as pastels (at least for this messy painter!) I am a funny pastel painter in that I don't like to wear gloves but I don't like dusty fingers either. I am constantly wiping my hands clean when I paint. I find I enjoy painting with a brush because it is neater. On the other hand I do like the intimacy of having the paint(pastels) right in my hands!
- What I am enjoying most about the oils is the ability to get the texture I crave with pastels. I love seeing the brushstrokes and building up the paint with a palette knife. I love being able to have three dimensional flowers with paint. Even with the softest pastels it is hard to get a thick juicy stroke to match the impasto I can get with oil paint.
If you work in oils and pastels I'd love to hear what you like about each medium! If you have been wanting to try another medium I heartily recommend it!