|'Splendor in the Meadow' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|oil stain underpainting on Uart pastel paper|
I choose my colors based on what I want to express in the painting. Sometimes I will go with complementary colors. Sometimes I'll set up for atmospheric perspective, sometimes it is a value underpainting. I just go with what I think will best support my goals for the painting. For this underpainting I put in my dark values and then some oranges as a complement to the greens that will come.
In the finished painting you can see some of the underpainting peeking through. I really don't have a lot of thick pastel layers. Most of the work was done with the underpainting. I did ad some magic pastel dust for my finishing touches!
As you can see oil paint makes a great underpainting for pastels. Even if you don't do oils it is worth having a few tubes just for doing these underpaintings. You do need to use a paper that will take a turpenoid/wet wash. I used Uart which is my favorite. Read more about underpainting in my post here.
I am headed to Chicago for the weekend so I have prepared some posts sharing some work I have not yet posted. I hope you will enjoy and I'll be back to regular posting next week. Be sure to sign up on the sidebar so you don't miss a post!