|'Beach Walk' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis $160 purchase here|
How do you paint sand that looks granular? How do you know what colors to use in the sand?
There is actually a simple answer to this question. With pastels we usually work dark to light and it is no exceptions for painting sand which tends to be a light value.
- The problem we often have is that we start painting the sand with a color that is close to what we want or the local color. Then we end up with a big area of very light value sand color and it looks flat and boring. Remember....dark to light!
- So I like to start painting my sandy areas with a darker and more intense color than I plan on ending up with. I layer the colors getting gradually lighter ad brighter. I also sometimes do an underpainting in a brighter bolder color.
- Then when layering the pastels I use a very light touch so that the darker layers show through. These darker bits are what gives the granular look to the sand. LIGHT TOUCH is the KEY!
|My Cheat Sheet for Painting Sand|
Once I decide the color of the sand I choose several values of the color so that I can build up my layers making the rich texture I discussed above.
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