|'The Moment of Truth' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis SOLD|
I bought them at Stan's workshop and when I got home I put them on my pastel shelf. I didn't want to mix them into my studio box and I used them a few times. Until they got buried. If you have been following my Studio clean-up then you saw the 'before' photos of my pastel corner. I had so many unmarked boxes piled on top of one another. Sadly I didn't even know what treasures I had buried in the mess.
Imagine my excitement when I uncovered this box of special order Terry Ludwig pastels chosen and signed by Stan Sperlak. I had been stingy about using them for fear of using them up and then they got buried. I'm glad they did. It feels like Christmas! To celebrate I did a painting from one of the photos I took at Stan's farm back when I bought the pastels. Below is my step by step demo.
|My nearly pristine set of Terry Ludwig 'Stan Sperlak' pastels|
- (from top left) I am using white Wallis paper. I will be doing a turpenoid wash underpainting. I start by putting down a layer of hard pastels.
- I brush in the pastel with turpenoid. I use an old stiff bristle brush. You can see the drips at the bottom.
- This stage shows the finished underpainting. I like how the turpenoid liquifies the pastel and creates interesting drips and webs.
- When the underpainting dries I start by putting in the darks. I am using only the Stan Sperlak TL pastels.
- In this step I put in the lights. I put in some pale peach and yellows to the sky and I start to put in some lights in the field.
- Now I refine the treeline putting in skyholes. I add some more color to the field including some of the blues in the shadow areas.
- I continue to refine and add details to the grasses.
- Now it is time to put in the sunlit weeds. Thais is what I loved about this scene....I was packing up when I saw the light on these weedy things....the magical light turned weeds into things of beauty.
- I put in a few more punctuation marks (some more red spots) and call it done!