|'Summer Sweetness' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love to paint food....especially sweets! I usually prefer to use Sennelier LaCarte paper for my food paintings but for this watermelon painting I used a Pastelbord. I built up the layers of pastel starting with my darkest coolest reds and gradually getting warmer and more intense reds. The seeds were put in at the end. Finally I decided to dust some pink and red pastels to help give that wet juicy look to my watermelon.
|'Fralingers...A Taste of the Shore' 5x7 pastel|
- Food doesn't move. You can set it up the way you like and it will stay put. You can take your time unless it is a perishable food in which case you can at least take photos of your set up.
- It is easy to play around with composition. Unlike in a landscape it is much easier to move a piece of candy than move a bush or tree.
- You can experiment with color. It is fun to push the colors in the food to make it more interesting.(and tasty looking)
- You can work on your drawing skills. It is easier to fudge a bush but you have to be more accurate when painting the food and dishes if you want them to look real.
- Food is readily available....you may not have a photo that inspires you but you probably have some fruit of candy around.